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Resolution No. (296) (16/2020): "Using the Building of an Old Mosque by Zakat Committee"


Date: (16th of Rabi'ul-Akhir, 1442 AH), corresponding to (2/12/2020 AD).


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.


In its 13nth meeting held on the above date, the Board of Iftaa` reviewed the letter No. 4/2/3/1122 sent from His Excellency the Minister of Awqaf, Holy Sites and Islamic Affairs Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalayleh. It read as follows: What is the ruling of Sharia regarding the request made by Um Jozeh and `Allan Zakah Committee to use the building of Um Jozeh Old Mosque, where prayers haven`t been offered for a very long time because the New Um Jozeh Mosque was established next to it? This Committee expressed its readiness to make total maintenance for the building and its annexes to serve as new headquarter for Um Jozeh and `Allan Zakah Committee of the Zakah Fund. What is the ruling of Sharia on the permissibility of using Um Jozeh and `Allan old Mosque for the afore-mentioned purposes?


After careful consideration, the Board has arrived at the following decision:


In principle, religious endowments are bound by the conditions of the endowers and should meet the purpose for which they have been established in the first place. However, at the same time, it is permissible for Um Jozeh and `Allan Committee to use the building of Um Jozeh and `Allan Old Mosque after running the necessary maintenance; provided that it is used as a mosque and kept officially registered as such. This is in order to enable the Waqf Administrator-Ministry of Awqaf, Holy Sites and Islamic Affairs-to benefit from it as a mosque in the future. And Allah the Almighty Knows Best.


 Chairperson of Iftaa` Board,

Grand Mufti of Jordan,

Dr. Abdulkareem al-Khasawneh

Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalayleh, Member

Prof. Mahmoud al-Sartawi, Member

Sheikh Sa`eid Al-Hijjawi, Member

Dr. Majed al-Darawsheh, Member

Dr. Ahmad al-Hasanat, Member {I have a reservation at this Resolution unless it is states that Um Jozeh and `Allan Old Mosque remains as a mosque}.

Judge Khalid Woraikat, Member 

Prof. Adam Nooh Al-Qhodaat/Member {I agree under the condition that prayers are established in this Mosque and its sanctity is preserved}.

Dr. Amjad Rasheed, Member {I reserve this Resolution without mentioning the statement "It takes the rules of a mosque and remains as such, and not merely that "It only remains as an endowed mosque. This is with the need to keep a place for performing prayers or teaching the Quran}.

Dr. Jamil Khatatbeh, Member

Dr. Mohammad Younis Al-Zou`bi, Member

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