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Relation with non Muslims

to perform Namaz in a Church in a city in America

الاستفتاء

Assalamu Alaikum Janab Mufthi Sahib, Permission has been granted to Muslims to perform Namaz in a Church in a city in America and there are no mosques in the close vicinity for muslims there to perform Namaz, So is it permissible for Muslims to perform Namaz in a church or no? Please send answer to this matter in detail quoting refernces for proof. You will be so much thankful if the reply is sent at your earliest in order to facilitate forward transmission Thank you. Wassalam (Abdul Rehman)

الجواب حامدا و مصلیا

Even though there is no harm in performing Salath in such a place due to the compelled situation of non-availability of another place due to ......"the earth as a whole is made to me as clean and place for sajda/masjid" ........, yet, without a compelled situation it is Makarooh and impermissible for Muslims to perform Salath in churches. Whereas the Muslims of the said area should make every possible effort to concentrate in building a Masjid to discharge their worships just as the other Muslims in the other areas.