Praying in the Masjid of a Neighbouring Town

Fatwa ID: 03625

Answered by: Maulana Moinul Abu Hamza

 

Question

Are there any issues in praying in another masjid in a neighbouring town just to experience the environment (despite the area you live in already having its own masjid which you normally attend)?

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


 

 

Answer:

There is no nass that I am aware of that is prohibitive of such a matter. The intention is, of course, to pray where one can gain the most reward, whilst balancing that with other actions that are also important. So, wherever you go to pray, providing it is for the benefit of your prayer, then this is not a problem.

Precaution should be taken in praying somewhere regularly that is far in a way that impacts family life at home and management of home affairs. However, whichever mosque you choose, you should frequent the same masjid as much as is possible. The Jama'ah (congregation) is not just the prayer, it is the needs of fellow worshippers, the imam and the masjid. Asking your help only happens with familiarity, and familiarly happens through frequency. You will find that the more you are connected to a congregation the more they are connected with you, hence, why it is important the help build and preserve a Muslim community via its nucleus which is the masjid.  


 

﴿قُل لّلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ يَهْدِى مَن يَشَآءُ إِلَى صِرَطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ﴾

(Say (O Muhammad ): "To Allah belong both, east and the west. He guides whom He wills to the straight way.'') (2:115)


 

Abu Sa'eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "The entire earth has been made a place of prayer except for the graveyards and the latrine. Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 317


 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Moinul Abu Hamza

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham
 

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