Meaning of Masjid

Q 2: What are the legally recognized limits of the Masjid (mosque)? Are neighboring streets related to a Masjid? Meaning that if a Masjid is full in Jum`ah (Friday) Prayer due to the great number of people, can they perform Salah in the streets though there are vacant places in other Masjids?

(Part No. 6; Page No. 221)  A: The proper limits of a Masjid where Muslims perform the Five Obligatory Daily Salahs in congregation are the surrounding structure, wooden panels, palm branches, reeds or the like. These limits determine the structure of the Masjid where a person in a state of major ritual impurity or menstruating woman should not stay. Whoever comes to perform Salah in a Masjid and finds no vacant places in the Masjid can perform Salah in the nearest place to the Masjid whether it is Jum`ah (Friday) Prayer or other obligatory or supererogatory Salahs. One is permitted to do so as long as he can follow the Imam provided that he should not perform Salah in front of his Imam. Moreover, these areas around the Masjid do not have the ruling of the Masjid.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.