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Some People Bought a House and Turned It Into a Masjid

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Answered by: Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

Some people bought a house and turned it into a masjid with the intention of the ground floor for jamāt khānah (prayer hall). Now they have built a new floor on top but with intention of a madrasah for men and women. Is that floor considered masjid? Should akām (rulings) of jamāt khānah (prayer hall) be applied to that floor?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Answer:

Once a structure is designated as a masjid and made waqf, then everything above and below it is considered part of the masjid. The rulings of the masjid will apply in the space above it as well, even though the space is used as a classroom or madrasah Islamic school. – (See: Rad Al-Muḥtār, Vol 4, Page 3571 & Vol 1, Page 656, Dār Al-Fikr2)

Only Allāh knows best 

Written by Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 وَإِذَا كَانَ السِّرْدَابُ أَوْ الْعُلُوُّ لِمَصَالِحِ الْمَسْجِدِ أَوْ كَانَا وَقْفًا عَلَيْهِ صَارَ مَسْجِدًا – كتاب الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين رد المحتار ج ٤/ ص ٣٥٧ دار الفكر

2 وَ كُرِهَ تَحْرِيمًا الْوَطْءُ فَوْقَهُ وَالْبَوْلُ وَالتَّغَوُّطُ لِأَنَّهُ مَسْجِدٌ إلَى عَنَانِ السَّمَاءِ – كتاب الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين رد المحتار ج ١/ ص ٦٥٦ دار الفكر

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