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In Islam is it OK to sell a Mosque?

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We are in process of getting a bigger Masque for our community in Woodland California USA. In Islam is it OK to sell a Masque? The Masque we have now is not a traditional Masque, it has no towers and no tomb, it is a big room. We are selling because we can put the money toward a new Masque.

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A Mosque (Masjid) is generally Waqf for Allah Ta’ala. The principle, in Waqf that Allah becomes the sole owner of the property.

It is permissible to take benefit from such a Waqf that is performing Salaat, etc. However, it is not permissible to sell it. One has no right over this property. Even though the proceeds is used to finance a new Musjid. (Hidaaya vol.2 pg.690; Ilmiyah)

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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