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Conducting a mashwarah regarding worldly affairs in the Musjid

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Q: In our Masjid, Mashwarah is undertaken regarding annual get together for food. The objective being how we can connect youngsters to the Masjid and an effort of Deen. In this Mashwarah, we decide where the meal or braai will be held, who will bring what food, how many people will be invited and what time the braai will be? Bearing in mind this objective, is it permissible for us to conduct this particular Mashwarah in the Masjid?

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A: If this type of discussion is going to border on some worldly issues then you rather have these types of mashwarahs outside the musjid.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وصرح في الظهيرية بكراهة الحديث أي كلام الناس في المسجد لكن قيده بأن يجلس لأجله وفي فتح القدير الكلام المباح فيه مكروه يأكل الحسنات وينبغي تقييده بما في الظهيرية أما إن جلس للعبادة ثم بعدها تكلم فلا (البحر الرائق 2/ 39)

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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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