Using an area of the Masjid to build accommodations for the Mu'adhin and Imam

A: It is not permissible to establish a house for the Imam, Mu'adhin, or both from a part of the Masjid, because its land is a Waqf (endowment) dedicated for offering Salah (Prayer) on it. Thus, it is not permissible to use it for anything else unless there is a valid reason. In fact, establishing a house for the Imam or the Mu'adhin is not a valid reason that can permit this. The authority in charge and the rich, especially the people of the neighborhood, should cooperate and find a house (Part No. 16; Page No. 55) for the Imam and the Mu'adhin near the Masjid, if necessary, to facilitate their jobs. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.