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Is it permitted to live in a mosque?

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It is generally not considered permissible for individuals to live permanently in a mosque. Mosques are typically places of worship and are not intended to be used as living quarters. However, it is common for mosques to have designated areas for temporary accommodations, such as guest rooms or dormitories, which may be used by travelers or those who are participating in religious activities at the mosque. These temporary accommodations are usually provided for the convenience of worshippers and are not intended for long-term residence.

It is worth noting that the specific rules and regulations regarding the use of a mosque may vary depending on the local cultural and legal context. Some mosques may have more permissive policies regarding the use of their facilities, while others may have stricter rules. It is always a good idea to respect the rules and customs of the mosque and to seek permission before using any of its facilities.

Here are a few references that support the idea that mosques are primarily places of worship and not intended for permanent residence:

  1. The Qur'an: "In houses (mosques) which Allah has ordered to be raised (to be cleaned, and to be honoured), in them His Name is remembered. Therein glorify Him in the mornings and in the evenings" (24:36). This verse suggests that mosques are primarily places where Allah's name is remembered and glorified through prayer and other religious activities, rather than being used as permanent living quarters.

  2. Hadith (sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad): "The mosques are for Allah, so do not make them a place for sleeping" (Sahih Bukhari, Book 8, Hadith 449). This hadith suggests that mosques are not intended to be used as places to sleep or to live in permanently.

  3. Islamic legal opinions (fatwas): Many Islamic scholars have issued legal opinions (fatwas) stating that it is not permissible to live in a mosque permanently. For example, the late Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, issued a fatwa stating that it is not permissible to live in a mosque permanently, and that mosques should be used primarily for the purpose of worship.


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