Category Archives: Masjid
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:
Is it permissible for a menstruating woman to attend halaqahs in the Masjid?
- It is not permissible for a menstruating woman to stay in the Masjid.
- As for passing through the Masjid, there is nothing wrong with that, subject to the condition that there is no risk of the mosque being contaminated with the blood that is coming out of her.
If it is not permissible for her to stay in the Masjid, it is not permissible for her to go there to listen to halaqahs and recitation of Qur’aan, unless there is a place outside the Masjid where the sound can reach via loudspeakers, in which case there is nothing wrong with her sitting there to listen to the dhikr.
- There is nothing wrong with a woman listening to dhikr and recitation of Qur’aan, as it is proven that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) used to lay his head in ‘Aa’ishah’s lap and recite Qur’aan when she was menstruating.
But it is not permissible for a menstruating woman to go to the Masjid and stay there to listen to dhikr or Qur’aan recitation.
- Hence when the Prophet ( Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam ) heard, during the Farewell Pilgrimage, that Safiyyah was menstruating, he said: “Has she detained us?” because he thought that she had not done tawaaf al-ifaadah, but they said that she had already done it.
This indicates that it is not permissible to stay in the Masjid even for acts of worship.
- And it is proven that the Prophet ( Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam ) told women to go out to the Eid prayer-place to pray and remember Allaah (dhikr), but he told the menstruating women to keep away from the prayer-place itself.
End quote from Fataawa al-Tahaarah, p. 273.
See the views of the fuqaha’ in al-Mabsoot, 3/153; Haashiyat al-Dasooqi, 1/173; al-Majmoo’, 2/388; al-Mughni, 1/195
Islamic Guidelines for Visitors to the Prophet’s Masjid [Masjid Nabawi]
Visiting the Prophet’s Masjid is an act that is Sunnah; it is not an obligatory action and has nothing to do with Hajj, nor is it an action that is required in order for Hajj to be complete.
All the ahaadeeth which say that it is connected to Hajj or that say that visiting the grave of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is connected to Hajj are fabricated and false.
Whoever travels to Madeenah for the purpose of visiting the Masjid and praying therein, his intention is acceptable and his efforts will be rewarded.
Whoever travels there only for the purpose of visiting the graves and seeking the help of their occupants, his intention is haraam and his actions are reprehensible.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Do not travel to visit any mosques except three:
- al-Masjid al-Haraam [in Makkah],
- this Masjid of mine [in Madeenah] and
- al-Masjid al-Aqsa [in Jerusalem].”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1189; Muslim, 1397.
Shaykh Salaah al-Budayr – Imam and Khateeb of the Prophet’s Masjid.
What is the ruling on non-Muslims entering the Masjid?
It is forbidden for Muslims to allow any kaafir to enter al-Masjid al-Haraam [in Makkah] and the sacred areas [al-Haram] around it, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Verily, the Mushrikûn (polytheists) are Najasun (impure). So let them not come near Al-Masjid Al-Harâm (at Makkah) after this year” [al-Tawbah 9:28].
With regard to other Masjids, some fuqaha’ said that it is permissible because there is nothing to indicate that it is not allowed; others said that it is not permissible, by analogy with al-Masjid al-Haraam.
- The correct view is that it is permissible if it serves the interests of sharee’ah or meet a valid need, such as a person hearing something that may invite him to enter Islam, or because he needs to drink water in the mosque, or the like.
- This is because the Prophet ( Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam ) tied up (his prisoner) Thamaamah ibn Athaal al-Hanafi in the mosque before he became Muslim, and the delegations of Thaqeef and the Christians of Najraan stayed in the mosque before they became Muslim.
- There were many benefits offered by doing this: they could hear the speeches and sermons of the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), see people praying and reciting Qur’aan, and other benefits that are gained by those who visit the mosque.
From Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 6/276.