Category: Masjid
Fatwa#: 15589
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Aug 26,2007

Title: Can the Person in Aitekaf (during Ramadan) can sleep in the multi purpose hall to keep the sanctitity of the mosque area?...What is the ruling on sleeping in the Mosque designated area?

Question

1) Can the Person in Aitekaf (during Ramadan) can sleep in the multi purpose hall to keep the sanctitity of the mosque area?

2) What is the ruling on sleeping in the Mosque designated area?


Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

Sunnah itikaf is observed in the musjid proper. A person observing sunnah itikaf may leave the musjid proper only for natural reasons which cannot be fulfilled in the musjid property, for example relieving oneself. Sleep is a natural demand and can be fulfilled in the musjid proper. Sleeping during itikaf is not against the sanctity of the musjid. The very practice of itikaf is an expression of the sanctity of the musjid. If a person observing sunnah itikaaf leaves the musjid boundary and sleeps in the multi purpose hall, that will nullify his itikaf.

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

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