Buying a church to convert it to a masjid

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 6, Page 267, Fatwa No.2393

Question: Is it permissible to buy a church and convert it to a masjid, after removing the crucifixes and pictures, both hung and engraven?

Response: Yes, it is permissible to buy it and make it into a masjid, and it is obligatory to remove the crucifixes and pictures, both hung and engraven, as well as everything that would indicate that it is a church, and we do not know of anything preventing that from being done.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and his family and his companions.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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