ceremonies for masaajid with parties and gatherings
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Response: Opening masaajid
is done with salaah
prayed in it and filling it with the remembrance of Allaah,
by reciting the Qur.aan and Tasbeeh, Tahmeed and Tahleel,
and by teaching the sciences of the Sharee'ah
and its means, and other matters by which, will raise the
condition of the masjid.
houses (masaajid) which Allaah has ordered to be raised (to
be cleaned, and to be honoured), in them His Name is remembered.
Therein glorify Him (Allaah) in the mornings and in the afternoons
or the evenings. Men whom neither trade nor sale (business)
diverts from the Remembrance of Allaah (with heart and tongue),
nor from performing as-Salaah, nor from giving the Zakaah.
They fear a Day when hearts and eyes will be overturned (out
of the horror of the torment of the Day of Resurrection).
That Allaah may reward them according to the best of their
deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And Allaah
provides without measure to whom He wills}, [Soorah
Messenger of Allaah used to inhabit the masaajid
with this type of advice and admonition and counseling.
`alayhe wa sallam)
was followed in this by the rightly guided Khulafaa.,
and by the rest of his Companions and the Imaams of guidance
after the Messenger (sal-Allaahu
`alayhe wa sallam),
may Allaah be pleased with them and have mercy upon them.
And all goodness is in following their guidance, in following
their way in which they inaugurated masaajid,
and inhabit it with what they observed in it, from worship
and its like from the rituals if Islaam, and it is not established
on the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu
`alayhe wa sallam),
nor on any of the Imaams
of guidance who followed the Messenger, that they inaugurated
with an opening ceremony party and with an invitation to what
the people invite to nowadays, from gathering the people from
different parts of the country when the building has been
completed for commending it, if this was something that was
praiseworthy the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu
`alayhe wa sallam)
would have been the first of the people to do it, and would
have made it a Sunnah
for his Ummah,
and the rightly guided Khulafaa.
would have followed him in it, and also the Imaams
of guidance after him, and if it had taken place it would
have been narrated.
therefore it is not appropriate to have these parties, and
one should not attend this invitation and not to help them
in making these ceremonies by giving money etc.
all good is in following those who came before, and all evil
is in what those who opposed the (pious) predecessors, had
innovated, and the invitation of some of the Companions of
Messenger of Allaah to their houses so that he would pray
in a part of the house, so that the companion would take that
has a place of prayer, so he could pray however optional prayers
in that place, is not evidence for what is known nowadays
of ceremonies for the opening of masaajid,
because he was not invited to a ceremony, rather it is to
pray, and he did not travel for the sake of that salaah,
then also travelling to this ceremony or to pray salaah
in that masjid,
enters into the general prohibition of seeking a journey to
other than the three well known masaajid,
it is necessary to abstain from this innovated practice, and
to suffice with the practice of the action that was at the
time of the Messenger of Allaah and those that followed him,
the Imaams of guidance may Allaah have mercy upon them, in
the affairs of the masaajid.
with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and
salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu
`alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
al-Bid'u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa asla lahu - Page 233-234
Fataawa Islaamiyyah - Volume 1, Page 18