It is Permissible to Endow some Floors in a Building as Places of Prayer for Men and Women

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
I have constructed a three-storey building. The ground floor fits as prayer place for women, along with its facilities. My mother lives in the flat behind this place. The first floor fits to be a place of prayer for men, with its facilities. The second floor consists of three flats that I have rented to generate income. Is it permissible that I endow the first floor as a mosque, the hall as a place of prayer for women, and keep the rest of the building for myself?


All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

It is conditioned that an endowment can be benefited from according to Sharia while the property itself remains. The benefit should be as deemed by the endower. The building mentioned in the above question meets these conditions, so it is permissible to endow the place that fits as mosque for women and that which fits as mosque for men and both places shall have the rulings of mosque. As for the rest of the building, it is the private property of the endower and she may dispose of it as she likes. And Allah the Almighty knows best.



This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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