Changing nothing in the Masjid that negates the endower's intention

Q: One of the benevolent people in Hafr Al-Batin built a large Masjid (mosque); around 42 x 30 meters. He also built a Musalla (a place for Prayer) for women at the back of the Masjid that is 25 x 5 meters, and a house for the Imam (leader of the congregational Prayer) and one for the Mu’adhin (caller to Prayer). Jumu‘ah (Friday) Prayers are performed in this Masjid, which he built around three years ago. Recently, a group of the people who perform Salah (Prayer) in this Masjid raised some money to expand the women’s Musalla, so the women can perform all the congregational Salah there, except the Jumu‘ah Prayer; although they used to perform the Jumu‘ah Prayer here in the past. The benevolent person who built the Masjid has objected to this and said, “I built this Masjid so every Salah could be performed here. Leaving it with no Salah is abandoning this purpose. I want Salah to be performed in this Masjid always and for the Musalla to only be for the women.” Some of the group who perform Salah in this Masjid are insisting on carrying out their idea to expand the women’s Musalla, so they can perform Salah there at all the times for Salah, except the Jumu‘ah Prayer. They referred the matter to us and we would like to refer it to Your Eminence to put an end to this matter (Part No. 16; Page No. 32) and set the rule to be followed in the future. May Allah protect you.

A: It is obligatory that the matter should continue in the original state of affairs; that the five daily Salahs and Jumu‘ah Prayer should be performed in the Masjid and the women’s Musalla should be kept for the women. This should be the case, even if it is expanded, to achieve public benefit and to implement the purpose intended by the Waqf (endowment) donor (may Allah multiply his reward) in establishing it. May Allah also grant you success and support you in doing what is good; may Allah grant us success; and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!