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Assalam wa alaykum
An old madrasa (Islamic & Modern study centre) was built many years ago. Now a Mosque built
in it`s upper portion. Is this permissible to pray prayer in this mosque, while We do not know
how kind (type) of money Madrasa was built as zakah money.
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Madrasa mosque zakaah money
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Firstly brother, there is absolutely no restriction or condition in Islam that a prayer offered in a place which was built with zakah money is invalid.
Secondly, there is absolutely no harm if the believers wish to build and appoint a masjid in the upper portion of the school or study centre…the prayer offered therein will be valid and acceptable in the Sight of Allah Subhanah, Insha Allah.
It would be preferred that the money used to build the mosque in the upper tier of the school be from non-zakah funds, for most of the scholars and jurists in Islam do not consider the building of a masjid to be amongst the eligible recipients of zakah funds.
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