Building a masjid in different shapes

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Reference: Silsilah Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Tape 6

Question: Is it permissible to build a masjid in different shapes, such as six-sided? And what is the correct shape for a masjid [to be], [as] I am of the opinion that an oblong-shaped one is best. I am asking this question because in our beloved Kingdom, I have seen masaajid – and all Praise is due to Allaah [alone] that they are few [in number] – which are six-sided. It appears that questioner has gone off on a tangent here [and may intend something else] as six-sided shapes only occur in the Israeli star.

Response: All Praise is due to Allaah [alone]. It is permissible to build masaajid in any shape – so long as it is clearly facing the direction of the qiblah. If it is built in a style resembling a church or [any other] place of worship of the disbelievers, then this is not permissible as it entails resemblance to them.

However, if it is built in a manner which does not resemble a place of worship of the disbelievers – such as a church or monastery, or other than them – then there is no harm in them being in whatever shape, so long as it is clearly facing the direction of the qiblah.

Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.