Can Non-Muslims enter Mosque? Non-Muslims visiting Mosques

Can Non-Muslims enter Mosque

Can Non-Muslims enter Mosque? Many times, many non-muslims and non-muslim friends of Muslims wonder and ask “Can Non-Muslims enter Mosque?” and we start to think whether non-muslims are allowed in Mosques or not? so Can Non-Muslims enter Mosque really? The answer is Yes but with certain conditions.

Since a mosque is a House of God that can and should be used for worship by everyone, the Holy Quran does not forbid anyone from going there (as long as they are not there to cause problems). All are welcome to visit a mosque, but only idolatry is forbidden there. This prohibition on idolatry in a mosque was intended to safeguard the Ka’aba (and so any mosque) and guarantee that it would continue to be a haven for those who hold to the Oneness of God.

Can non-muslims enter the Masjid al-haram?


It is prohibited for Muslims to allow a kaafir to enter al-Masjid al-Haraam [in Mecca] and the holy places [al-Haraam] surrounding it, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Verily, the Mushrikûn (polytheists) are Najasun (impure). So let them not come near Al-Masjid Al-Harâm (at Makkah) after this year” [al-Tawbah 9:28].

Some fuqaha’ stated that the use of other mosques is permitted because there is no evidence to suggest that it is not; however, other fuqaha’ stated that the use of other mosques is not permitted due to the comparison to al-Masjid al-Haraam.

Can non-muslims enter any other mosque?


According to the right perspective, it is acceptable if it furthers sharee’ah or fulfills a legitimate necessity, such as a person hearing anything that would entice him to join Islam or because he has to drink water in the mosque, or if it fulfills one of these other situations.

This is because the delegates of Thaqeef and the Christians of Najraan remained in the mosque before they converted to Islam, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) tied up Thamaamah ibn Athaal al-Hanafi (his prisoner) there before he became a Muslim. This had a number of advantages: they could hear the Prophet’s talks and sermons (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), observe people praying and reciting the Qur’an, and enjoy other advantages enjoyed by individuals who frequent the mosque.

(From Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 6/276).

Conclusion: So Can Non-Muslims enter Mosque?


There is nothing wrong with allowing kuffaar to enter the mosque and sit behind the Muslims so they can observe how they pray as long as there is nothing with them that could dirty the mosque, there are no women among them dressed in a provocative manner, and there is no other reason not to let them in. If we are concerned that someone might reprimand them (for not praying, etc.) without understanding that they are not Muslims, we should let them know.

And Allah is the wisest.

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