Answered by: Aalimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
Is it ok to put pictures of small glasses in the mehrab of a mosque for beauty?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
In a time when the luxury of homes and architecture have become the centre of people’s attention, it would be permissible to design mosques to a pleasantly fair extent so that people are not disinclined from attending the masjid, and mosques do not seem degraded in the eyes of people. However, beautifying the masjid with extravagance and with the intention of boasting over others are disliked as the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) has said: “I have not been commanded to build lofty mosques.” Ibn ‘Abbas said: ‘You are going to adorn [the mosques] as the Jews and Christians [had adorned].’ [Sunan Abi Dawud 1/76, al-Misbah]
And only Allah knows best
Written by Aalimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah
Checked and approved Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham