Do the laws of a musjid apply to a musallaa?

Q: A flat has been purchased and made Waqf as a Musallaa. The 5 daily Salaah as well as Jumuah Salaah have been established at the Musallaa & the Musallaa has an appointed Imaam. The Musallaa has access for Musallees from outside the building to attend Salaah.

1. When entering such a Musallaa does one read the Duaa for entering a Masjid & can one make the intention of Nafl Itikaaf? Similarly, at the time of leaving does one recite the Duaa for leaving a Masjid?

2. Can a person in the state of Janaabat enter such a Musallaa?

3. Will it be permissible for people to make their own Jamaat Salaah at the Musallaa before or after the main Jamaat?

4. In the last 10 days of Ramadhaan can Sunnat Itikaaf be made in such a Musallaa? If not, can a person living in the vicinity of the Musallaa remain in the Musallaa during the last 10 days for the purpose of secluding oneself for Ibaadat as there is no Masjid in the immediate vicinity of his home?

5. The trustees wish to make it a Masjid. Will this be possible whilst the rest of the flats, including the flats above & below the Musallaa are privately owned? (The flats are sectional title.)


1. The musalla does not have the law of a musjid. Hence, the dua which is recited when entering and leaving the Musjid does not apply to the musalla. Similarly, i'tikaaf is not valid in a musalla.

2. Yes

3. Yes

4. No

5. Such a musalla cannot qualify as a Musjid.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)