[Q-ID0416] Can a Pub be converted into a Mosque?


What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; can a pub be converted into a masjid? Is it permissible to pray in a masjid that was previously a pub? Please explain along with proofs. 

Questioner: Wasim from Birmingham,  UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
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Yes, a pub building can be purchased and converted into a masjid. It is completely permissible to pray in a pub that has been converted into a masjid. It is now a masjid and all the rulings of a masjid will be applicable to it. Since it is permissible to offer salah in a place that is not a masjid, it is permissible in a preferred way to offer salah in a masjid.

The place where the Prophet’s Mosque exists today was previously a garden and it consisted of graves of polytheists. The Holy Prophet ﷺ removed them and turned that place into a masjid.

It is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari:

فَقَالَ أَنَسٌ:‏‏‏‏ فَكَانَ فِيهِ مَا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ قُبُورُ الْمُشْرِكِينَ وَفِيهِ خَرِبٌ وَفِيهِ نَخْلٌ، فَأَمَرَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِقُبُورِ الْمُشْرِكِينَ فَنُبِشَتْ

Translation: Anas said: “There were graves of pagans in it and some of it was unleveled and there were some date-palm trees in it. The Prophet ﷺ ordered that the graves of the pagans be dug out.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, hadith no. 428]

If a graveyard of polytheists can be turned into a masjid, then why can’t a pub be converted into one? Thus, it is completely permissible to purchase a pub building and convert it into a masjid. It is necessary to populate it like other masjids. Therefore, Muslims must offer prayers in it and populate it.

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri 
Translated by the SeekersPath team

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