Building a mosque or jamaat khana in the vicinity of another mosque

Q: What is the ruling concerning building a mosque or jamaat khana in the vicinity of another mosque... i.e. if a mosque is already present in an area, can one build another mosque or jamaat khana nearby (e.g., withing walking distance)?

A: If the masjid's capacity can easily accommodate the musalli congregation in that locality, then there is no need to build another masjid in such close proximity. However if the masjid's capacity cannot manage accommodating the musalli congregation, then the present masjid should be extended in order to fulfill the need of the community. If extending the masjid is not possible, then another masjid can be built in that locality in order to fulfill the needs of the community.

And Allah Ta'ala knows best.

ولو ضاق المسجد على الناس وبجنبه أرض لرجل تؤخذ أرضه بالقيمة كرها كذا في فتاوى قاضي خان (الفتاوى الهندية 2/ 456)

وعن عطاء : لما فتح الله تعالى الأمصار على يد عمر رضي الله عنه أمر المسلمين أن يبنوا المساجد وأن لا يتخذوا في مدينة مسجدين يضارّ أحدهما صاحبه (الكشاف 2/ 300)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)