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The Ruling regarding the Mosques which are not Used Anymore

What is the ruling concerning the mosques which are situated in the middle of streets, and also regarding those which are situated in deserts or desolate villages and which are no longer used for performing prayers and sometimes they are contaminated by animals which enter them?

About mosques that are situated in the middle of streets, there is no way that they can be demolished, both because they are mosques and because the property on which they have been built has been devoted by someone to the mosque. Thus anyone who demolishes such a mosque should pay the price for that by building another mosque or repairing other mosques. In fact, this is an example of wasting the property itself and until there is no necessity, destroying a mosque is strictly impermissible. As regards desolate mosques in deserts and desolate villages, they should be kept in a way that they are not desecrated.

Categories: Mosque

Difference between Mosque and Hussainiyyah

Why it is not permitted to do what can be done in a mosque in hussainiyyah (place of mourning Imam Husayn (‘a), and vice versa? Because if it is permitted we can have one place which can be used both as a mosque and a husainiyyah in order to prevent the wastage of land and costs of building.

There are some limitations for women and sometimes for men for entering mosques; however, there are much fewer limitations for entering hussainiyyahs. Of course one will be granted a much greater reward for performing prayer in the mosque compared to a husainiyyah and this is why both kinds of building are constructed.

Categories: Mosque

Performing bestowment in Mosque

Is it permissible to perform acts like bestowment in the mosques, and if they are permissible, should they be done after obtaining permission from the religious authority?

Performing these acts in the mosque is not prohibited and there is no need for the permission of the religious authority. However, attending to worldly acts in the mosque is considered to be makrūh and if these acts disturb the worshippers in the mosque they are prohibited.

Categories: Rulings of Mosque

Repairing the Mosque based on the Decision of the Board of Trustees

Is it permissible for the board of trustees of the mosque to act for the repair of the mosque and the other issues related to it without the permission of the custodian of the mosque?

Precaution demands that the permission of the custodian be obtained but if the custodian of the mosque disagrees with what is in the interest of the mosque or he doesn’t pay attention to them, the board of trustees can obtain the permission of the religious authority in that matter.

Categories: Mosque

Building Shops and Malls in the Underground level of the Mosque

If a mosque is situated a few meters above the ground and it doesn’t have an underground floor is it permissible to build a shop under the mosque and sell its right of trade and consume the money for the mosque?

It is not permitted, but if the person who devoted the land for the mosque has allowed it, it will be permissible. However, there is no issue with constructing things like libraries in the basement of the mosques.

Categories: Mosque