To pull it down and rebuild it

(Part No. 6; Page No. 232)  Fatwa no. 13347 Praise be to Allah Alone. May peace and blessings be upon the seal of Prophets. I have read the letter sent by Director of the General Department of Awqaf (religious endowments) and Masjids (mosques) at Ha'il district to his Eminence, the Committee's Chairman, dated 17/10/1410. This letter has been referred to the Committee of the Council of Senior Scholars bearing the number 5755. The inquirer has asked about the ruling on demolition of an old Masjid (mosque) which had been built in the village of Sada. A copy of the minutes was enclosed. It was written by `Abdul-Rahman Al-Suhaym, representative of the ministry and Director of the General Department of Awqaf and Masjids at the Ha'il district. The letter stated the following: We read the letter sent from the Emirate of Ha'il on Saturday 6/8/1410 AH bearing the number 5/2/16755/1, dated 6/8/1410 AH and signed by his Highness the prince of Ha'il concerning demolition and reconstruction of the old Masjid located in Sada village. His Highness the prince affirmed that there was no harm in demolishing and rebuilding the Masjid.The request of his Highness has been presented to the parties concerned. Those who opposed the request were Hady ibn Khulayf, Khalifah ibn `Abdullah Al-Shamry, and Fahd `Abdullah Al-Shimmary who voiced their objection to the demolition of the Masjid and requested referring the issue to the judge or to Shaykh Ibn Baz. This was done in the presence of the people mentioned above and the representative of the ministry Mr (Part No. 6; Page No. 233)  `Abdul-Rahman Al-Suhaym.

After considering the Fatwa request, the Committee gave the following answer: There is no harm in demolishing the old Masjid located in Sada village and designing it after the fashion of modern Masjids as long as this serves the public interest of the people of the village. The people who contributed in building the Masjid before it was demolished will have their unfailing reward fully granted to them. We pray to Allah that He forgives the dead and grants success to the living in doing what is good and to guide us all to that which is pleasing and loving to Him.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.