Working in Construction: Building a Church

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…

The Standing Committee for Religious Verdicts (al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah) was asked:

Can a Muslim who works in construction build a church for non-Muslims?

They replied:

It is not permissible for any Muslim who believes in Allaah and the Last Day to build a church or any place of worship not founded upon the Islam which Allaah sent Muhammad with, because that is from the most severe forms of assisting [others] in disbelief and promoting their outward religious symbols. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, has said:

{وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ}
“Cooperate in piety and righteousness, and do not cooperate in sinfulness and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is severe in punishment.” [5:2]

And through Allaah is all success. May Allaah raise the rank of our Prophet Muhammad, and that of his family and companions, and may He grant them all peace.

The Standing Committee for Religious Verdicts and Islamic Research:
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdillaah ibn Baaz (Head)
Shaykh ‘Adul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdillaah Aal Shaykh (Deputy Head)
Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan (Member)
Shaykh Bakr ibn ‘Abdillaah Aboo Zayd (Member)

Source: Fatwaa #19893 (14/482-483)

Translated by: Moosaa Richardson

8 thoughts on “Working in Construction: Building a Church

  1. Asalamualaikum Brother Moosa. There is a shop that sell fresh vegetables, fruits, and really good fish. However at the back of the shop they have what looks like a shrine with incense burning and a plate of fruits as an offering. Is it allowed to purchase groceries at this place?

      • Asalamualaikum Brother Moosa. BarakAllahu feekum. May Allah Ta’ala Reward you bountiful and make your scales heavy with good deeds. Ameen.

        To make my heart at peace can you direct me to the proof that I am allowed to purchase goods at this place?

        BarakAllahu feekum

  2. Assalamu alaykum

    Is it permissible to enter, sit & eat in non-muslim hotels in which pictures of their deities are being hanged down in the walls ?

    • Wa ‘alayk as-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. The worst “zoor” (evil speech, actions) ever is polytheism, so when a Muslim passes by such places where idols are honored and revered, he passes by with nobility. He does not remain in a place where false deities are honored. “And when they pass by falsehood (zoor), they pass by with dignity…” [Meaning of Quran 25:72] As the scholars mention: Since the true worshippers of ar-Rahmaan are described as passing by falsehood with dignity, then it is even more clearly understood that they are not part of a gathering of falsehood. And Allaah knows best.

  3. (Wa ‘alayk as-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. Stay away from the shrine, and purchase whatever permissible items you wish from such a store.)

    So If that is the case, purchasing foods (veg foods) from such hotels are allowed based on your above reply ..Right ?
    As I’m from India here such practices are very common in their shops. Avoiding all these shops would make things difficult for us. Pls clarify.

    • Business transactions with polytheists are allowed, yes. If you can shop elsewhere, where you do not have to see such offensive images, it would be better for you. But those transactions are permissible. And Allaah knows best.

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