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Renting a Minaret out

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Q: It has been reported that a telecommunication tower has been put up on the minaarat of a Musjid. The rental paid to the Musjid by the non-Muslim company is then used towards Musjid expenses. Please comment on the permissibility of this action as well as the usage of the income generated from it.

A: It is permissible to allow this tower to be installed on the minaret of a musjid and to use the income for musjid expenses. The minaret is not part of the musjid, so it is like renting out an area adjacent to the musjid for purposes of income. The sanctity of the musjid will not be compromised or violated and the tower itself is not haraam but will be used for a lawful purpose.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

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