Trustees selling a flat that was purchased for Imaam's accommodation

Q: The trustees of a Musallaa (Jamaat Khana) purchased a flat as the Imaam's accommodation. The Imaam no longer wants to use the flat and has decided to arrange his own accommodation. The trustees would like to let the Muazzin use the flat as his accommodation. However, according to the building rules no more than 3 persons may live in the flat, whereas the Muazzin has a family of 5.

Can the trustees sell the flat and use the money to purchase an alternate flat as accommodation for the muazzin? (The flat is a share block.) 

A: If the trustees had purchased the flat with their own money they can sell what they had purchased themselves.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)