Extension of the bottom floor where the toilets are situated

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Extension of the bottom floor where the toilets are situated

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.




A Masjid is a sancitified area. A place which has been permanently dedicated to Allah for the sake of prayer, recitation of the Holy Quran and his remembrance. Once a Masjid is erected, it will always be a masjid. It cannot return to the property of the community. (Raddul Muhtar p.371 v.3 & Tahtawi p.172 v.4)


The areas above and below the masjid are considered to be part of the masjid (Fatawa Mahmoodiyah p.162 v.18), therefore it is not permissible to build a shop, or rooms or toilets above or below the masjid. 


It should be borne in mind that this ruling only applies after the area has become a masjid.  Before a masjid is made, it will be permissible to exclude areas above or below if it is for the benefit of the masjid, for example designating an ablution area for the musalles and building a library.   (Fatawa Mahmoodiyah p.229 v.17)


However, with regards to making toilets and rooms for the Imam and his family to reside either above or below the masjid will not be allowed, even during the masjids initial design since it is impermissible to have sexual relations, relieve oneself etc above or below the masjid.   (Hidayah p.144 v.1 & Fatawa Mahmoodiyah p.218 v.18)


With regards to your question, if you are making the extension from the bottom floor where the toilets are then it will be permissible as the extension of the bottom floor where the toilets are situated, is not part of the Sharee Masjid. However, as I mentioned above the making of the toilets below the Masjid in the first place, even before the plans were made is impermissible. In the future if it is possible the entire toilets should be removed from that area and taken in the ancillary part of the Masjid. 


Only Allah Knows Best


Mohammed Tosir Miah


Darul Ifta Birmingham

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