America there is a region
where a large Muslim community lives. In this region, there is an old Masjid (mosque) which has recently been expanded by adding a new piece of land to it. The cost of this project was around 400,000 Dollars. The community needs to build an Islamic school and this project will cost about one and a half million Dollars. However, only around 400,000 dollars was collected. A benefactor wants to build a Masjid and is ready to pay all the charges: 1.5 million Dollars. (Part No. 16; Page No. 61) This man refuses to spend the money on building the school, but he proposes the following:To build a new Masjid (mosque) beside the old Masjid and the people turn the old Masjid into a school with the money they collected. The benefactor will take part in establishing the school by paying 100,000 Dollars. He will also send Du`ah (callers) at his own expenses to teach there.Is it permissible to
establish a school instead of the old Masjid after building the new one?
Is it permissible to estimate the value of the old Masjid and build another Masjid with this value in another place or to put this value in building the new Masjid next to it?
It is permissible to build the new Masjid and let some experts evaluate the land and the building of the old Masjid and spend it on maintaining another Masjid in a place that is in need for it, and to establish a school for teaching Islamic subjects instead. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.