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Displaying Ads in Out Mosque: Allowed?

Questioner

Ayman

Reply Date

Feb 19, 2018

Question

We are a group of Muslim students in Quebec City, Canada. The University offered us a small room to be our mosque and Islamic center. We would like to know whether displaying commercial ads inside this mosque is religiously correct or not, keeping in mind that we do not have any other places to exchange information and interesting offers, and that the room is used at the same time as mosque and the meeting center of the community. Thank you.

Mufti

Answer


Displaying Ads in Out Mosque

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- There is nothing wrong in displaying some ads in that room, which you take as mosque.

2- However, we do advise you to do so in the parlor or corridor of the room, away from the place of performing prayer.


In his response to your question, the eminent Muslim scholar, Sheikh `Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef, the renowned Da`iyah, states:

We should differentiate between the mosque and the mere place of performing prayer. A mosque is any place dedicated for prayer; people gather therein specifically for that religious purpose, performing five daily prayers.

This is completely different from an ordinary place used by people for prayer, as well as for other issues. This cannot be called a mosque in the full sense of the word, and it is governed by a ruling different from that of the mosque.

Reflecting on the special case which you referred to in your question, we can say that there is nothing wrong in displaying some ads in that room, which you take as mosque. However, we do advise you to do so in the parlor or corridor of the room, away from the place of performing prayer.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




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