Islamic Architecture

How would one characterize Islamic Architecture? How does one describe a mosque? What makes up a mosque? Is a minaret a symbol of Islamic Architecture? What building best describes Islamic Architecture?

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Creed Of Prayer Imam

Is it appropriate to ask an imam about his "creed/belief" to determine if one should follow him in congregational prayer?

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Mosque And Jāmi’ Mosque

While reading about Mosques, I found two different names for Mosques - Masjid and Jami‘. What is the difference between the names? Is one of these types of Mosque "better" or "more important" than the other type? If so; what makes them more important? Are they representative of different schism in Islam, for instance Sunni and Shia names?

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Names Of God And The Prophet (sws)

Could you please share your understanding of the following:-

In salah we recite thanā (a formula said after the first takbīr). What is its source? Is it a part of the Qur'an or a separate wahi (revelation)?

b. What is the source of the names of Almighty Allah and names of Prophet Muhammad (sws)? Is "Ya Jamilo" the name of Allah?

C. What is the source of six "Kalimas" that are taught to every Muslim. Are they part of wahi?

d. I believe that during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (sws) mosque is not only used for offering ritual prayers but also as a place for conducting state affairs and shelter for the travelers and alike. Could such a practice be implemented today to help our rulers aligned with the truth?
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The Obligation To Do Charity

We are in the process of building a Mosque in our town. I have a few questions regarding this. We already have a Mosque but this new mosque is being built because the old mosque is mainly run by Arabs and apparently is not big enough. Now for fundraising the Imam chooses several Ramadan nights and especially 27 Ramadan. A lot of people come to pray tarawih prayer but he holds tarawihs until after his speech which is a few hours and we loose significant portion of one of the most important nights of the year. Is it permissible?

He quotes hadith but changes interpretation to fit his purpose i.e. donation to the Mosque. He quoted the Prophet (sws) talk about a man or a woman who was a prostitute. He/she gave water to a thirsty dog and got all his or her sins forgiven. The Imam said if one donated to put water lines in the Mosque, will have his sins forgiven. He quoted another hadith which relates another event connected to a war. Hazrat Abu Bakr (rta) brought all things from his home and the Prophet (sws) told him to keep some for family but he said that Allah and His Prophet (sws) are enough for him. The Imam interpreted this to tell people that even if they cannot afford, they should donate and God will take care of that person's financial matters. What is our obligation in this as we know that he is misinterpreting Ahadith and is giving wrong impression to the ones who don't know, especially youth?
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Building Mosques On Graves

My question is regarding building mosques on graves. Verse 21 of Sura al-Kahf says: Behold, they dispute among themselves as to their affair. Some said: Construct a building over them. Their Lord knows best about them. Those who prevailed over their affair said: Let us surely build a place of worship over them. (Q 18:21)

Does this ayah, tells us that we can build the mosque on graves of pious people?

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Appointment Of An Imam To Lead The Prayers

Did the Holy Prophet (sws) appoint a full time imam to run each mosque during his lifetime? If not, when was the imamat institution introduced? Outside of prayer times, were the mosques used as a civil secretariat or a qadi court to dispense justice?

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Using The Place Of Prayer For Mundane Activities

We have converted a house into a place to pray. There are no other rooms. I want to know if it is forbidden to use this room for teaching martial arts (self-defense) to children or adults. If you believe that it can be then please support your answer with proper references from the basic sources of religious knowledge in Islam, the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

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Persuading Relations To Offer The Salah

Hope you are doing fine. I am writing to you so that I may get some guidance in helping my colleagues come to salah. Considering the age group of university students, what do you think would be a good strategy to bring this into action?

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I’tikaf In The Mosque Of The Prophet (sws)

In the mosque of the Prophet (sws) in Madina they mark the area for a person who sits in I‘tkaf and forbid the people from crossing that mark. You should not cross that particular area when you sit in I‘tkaf and in that period we cannot take shower also and change our cloths, is that right or not. During the sitting can we change our cloths and take shower to clean ourselves?

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Second Congregation In Mosques

I have seen in many mosques that people come late for prayer and having missed the congregation they hold another. Is this practice endorsed by the basic religious sources?

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Friday Congregations In A Local Mosque

We have an office where around 1000 people work. We have a system of offering the Zuhr and Asr prayers by laying down prayer mats (saff) in the hall and lobby, these saffs are later folded and normal people traffic goes on in this hall and lobby. We also hold Jumma gongregation on Friday in the same manner. It has been suggested that Jumma prayers cannot be offered unless there is a regular mosque and five daily prayers are offered regularly in the said mosque. Kindly provide the correct legal and Shariah position on this matter.

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دیہی مسجد کا انتظام

ایک مسجد جس کے وسائل کچھ وقف زمین اور علاقے کے ٹھیکے پر کھیتی باڑی کرنے والے کسانوں پر منحصر ہیں ، نائب ناظم کی بے جا مداخلت کا شکار ہے۔ نائب ناظم جو صرف عید کی نماز پڑھنے تک مسجد سے عملی تعلق رکھتا ہے ، مسجد کے حوالے سے اپنی مرضی چلاتا ہے۔ مسجد کے دو مولوی صاحبان اس کی بدتمیزی کے باعث مسجد چھوڑ کر جا چکے ہیں۔ علاقے کے لوگ اس پوزیشن میں نہیں ہیں کہ وہ ناظم سے ٹکر لے سکیں ، اس صورت حال کا دینی حل کیا ہے؟مزید براں یہ بھی بتائیے کہ کیا یہ مسجد محکمہ اوقاف کے حوالے کی جا سکتی ہے؟


مسجد میں گفتگو

مسجد میں باہمی گفتگو کرنے کا دین میں کیا حکم ہے ؟ کہا جاتا ہے کہ مسجد میں بات چیت کرنا منع ہے ۔ نبی صلی اللہ علیہ کے ایک ارشاد کے مطابق مسجد میں کلام کرنے سے آدمی کی نیکیاں ضائع ہوجاتی ہیں ۔ معلوم یہ کرنا ہے کہ تحقیق کی رو سے کیا مسجد میں گفتگو کے بارے ممانعت کا یہ شرعی حکم درست ہے ؟ کیا واقعتاً آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے اس کی مذمت فرمائی ہے ؟