Selling a musjid

Q: There is a masjid in that is now being sold to purchase a new property. Some main points:

- It’s mainly indo-pak community so 90 to 95% of the congregation is Hanafi

- The committee is Hanafi as well

- The committee is now saying they never made intention for it to be a masjid

- Some Ulama are saying intention was made

- The new masjid property is 5 stories and accommodates the biggest Muslim community in Toronto

- The current masjid cannot accommodate the amount of kids in the area for Maktab, Jummah etc.

- There is no possibility of extending the current “Masjid” because of the type of building and area it is situated in.

Are they allowed to sell the masjid if the intention was made for masjid? Someone said that they are allowed to take rulings from other Madhabs in this scenario to find a way to fix the issue at hand, is this correct? What should be done in this scenario?

A: If it is a musjid, it is not permissible to sell it.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)