Some Muslims are not clear about the rulings concerning non-Muslims visiting the Mosques. This video attempts to rectify the problem and clear up any confusion.
During the time of the Prophet Muhammad, the Mosques played multiple roles. They were not only places of prayer but were also where the Prophet met delegations and held meetings. It was even used to hold prisoners. the Mosque was the pinnacle of Muslim life and non-Muslims were a common sight.
Though the administrative role of the Mosque has diminished, it is still the focal point of the Muslim community world over. Hence, inviting the non-Muslims into our mosques goes a long way towards clearing up ill feelings that exist due to the fake zionist owned mass media.
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The Video Transcript is below:
Today we see a lot of non-Muslims going inside our mosques, whether it be for mosque tours, which are growing rapidly as a popular form of Dawah, or official meetings to show the authorities in non-Muslim countries that nothing untoward is going on. But this is making a portion of the Muslim population upset, as they don’t believe the non-muslims should be going in there. So what is the ruling on this issue? Are non-muslims allowed in mosques?
The truth is that this is a misconception created by some of the Muslims, and that non-Muslims are indeed allowed to visit and go inside our mosques. For something to be prohibited in Islam, there must be some evidence detailing the prohibition, and there is not one single piece of evidence that can be produced which tells us that non-muslims can not enter into mosques.
For example, we know that non-muslims can not enter Makkah, because there is a verse in the Quran which prohibits it. But for non-muslims not being allowed to enter Mosques, there are no verses in the Quran, and no hadiths, so therefore it is permissible by default.
In addition to the lack of a direct prohibition, the case for non-muslims being allowed inside mosques is further strengthened by a number of hadiths which show that non-muslims frequently entered the mosques in the time of the Sahabah, and even met the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself inside the mosque.
One of the most well-known hadiths involves the case of a Bedouin who came inside the mosque and started to urinate. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was with some companions, and they started to yell at him to stop, but the Prophet told them to not interrupt him, and when he had finished, he calmly advised him that the mosque was for the worship of Allah and not for relieving oneself.
The mosque was also used as a place to keep prisoners, such as the case of Thumamah ibn Uthal. He was one of the rulers of al-Yamamah, and the chieftain of the Banu Hanifah, meaning that he was one of the most powerful Arab rulers in those times. Thumamah was apprehended and tied to a pillar in the mosque. Muhammad (peace be upon him) talked to him a few times, and then he was let go, although he returned shortly after and gave his Shahadah.
If there is still any doubt in your mind that non-muslims are allowed in mosques, the examples of the delegations of Thaqif and the Christians of Najran being allowed to stay in the mosque should settle the matter. They not only stayed there, but they watched the Sahabah pray, they listened to the sermons, which by the way, non-muslims are also allowed to attend jummah today to listen, and finally, something which might come as a surprise to some people, the Christians of Najran were allowed to pray in the mosque as well.
In today’s world, there may be many legitimate reasons for a non-Muslim to visit and enter a mosque. They may need to use its facilities, such as getting a drink of water. There may also be instances where certain repairs need to be done, and there are no Muslim contractors who can fulfil that type of work.
From our point of view, non-Muslims should be encouraged to visit the mosques so we can give them Dawah. Look at all those mosque protests around the world recently. The Muslim community didn’t fight with them, and instead invited them in so they could watch the Muslims pray, listen to the Quran being recited, and see what really goes on inside the mosque. Many of those anti-Islam protestors ended up becoming Muslims just from this simple act.
Now while the permissibility of non-Muslims entering mosques has been established, there are a few conditions that must be adhered to. The visitors should be well dressed, well behaved, and clean. Both men and women are required to cover their Awrah, so no shorts for the men, or skirts or provocative tops for the women. They should not be loud and disturb or physically interrupt people praying or reciting either.
So as long as these simple conditions are met, it is not only permissible, but beneficial if we invite and allow non-Muslims inside the mosques.