Can I Own a Mosque?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I have a question regarding ownership of a masjid. Is it permissible to have a masjid as your own private property?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

A mosque is an endowment (waqf) and not the private party of any single individual.

As an endowment, the default ruling is that it is not permitted for the person who originally built a mosque to sell it, take it back, move it, or have one’s family inherit it. The endowed land will maintain the status of a mosque even if people no longer utilize it for prayer, or the actual mosque becomes dilapidated. This is the position of Abu Hanifa and Abu Yusuf.

According to Muhammad ibn al-Hasan, if a mosque is no longer in use, it would return to the private ownership of the individual who built it or his inheritors. However, while it is in use, it would remain an endowment.

[Kasani, Bada`i al-Sana`i (6:219); Ibn Humam, Fath al-Qadir (5:446)]


Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Am I Allowed To Perform Wudu in a Mosque Even If I Might Waste Some of Its Water?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamualaikum

A scholar said that to use more than the necessary amount of a mosque’s water for wudu is Haraam.

This has made me depressed because I suffer from very persistent waswas which won’t never allow me to perform wudu without wasting water.

I can’t go home and do wudu because I am too far.

What should I do?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

Waste is defined as usage beyond the extent of need or benefit.

You should perform the ablution (wudu) at the Mosque just like all the other Muslims do, without thinking about wasting water or not.

In general, don’t run the tap too high, strive to supplicate or make some remembrance during the wudu, and ask Allah for facilitation before you even begin.

See also: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani