Masaajid are beautified with different kinds of colors, lights and flowers.

The Ruling On Beautifying & Decorating The Masaajid The Ruling o­n Beautifying & Decorating The Masaajid During Special Occasions & ‘Eid Celebrations Q: There is a custom that occurs in some Masaajid during the days of ‘Eidul Fitr and during other days of special religious occasions. That custom is that the Masaajid are beautified with different kinds of colors, lights and flowers. Does Islaam permit this action or not? What is the proof for the permissibility or prohibition? A: The Masaajid are the Houses of Allaah, and they’re the best places o­n earth. Allaah has ordered that they be raised and honored with the Tawheed of Allaah, His remembrance, and that Prayer be established in them. In them people learn the affairs of their Religion and they guided to what it (Islaam) contains of happiness and righteousness for them in this life and in the Hereafter. He, (Ta’aalaa) ordered them to be cleansed of disgraceful things, idols, acts of Shirk, innovations, superstitions. He also ordered that they be cleansed from dirt, filth and impurities. He, (Subhaanahu), ordered that they be protected from frivolous activities, play, noise, and raised voices. Even calling out for a lost item, asking about lost articles, and similar acts that make them like public roads, and business markets are not allowed. He, (Ta’aalaa), prohibited the burial of people inside of them and building graves over them. He prohibited the hanging of pictures in them or drawing them o­n their walls, and other similar things that are a means that lead to Shirk, cause distractions to those worshipping Allaah in them and contradicts what they were built for. The Prophet, (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), gave special attention to this as is well known in his Seerah (life history), and his actions. He, (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), explained this to his Ummah so that they would traverse upon his path and be guided by his guidance in respecting the Masaajid (Masjid pl.) and maintaining them with that which elevates them, such as establishing the symbols of Islaam in them. In doing so, they’d be following the Trustworthy Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). It is not confirmed from the Prophet that he honored the Masaajid by lighting them, and placing flowers o­n them during the ‘Eids, and special occasions. This was not known from the Rightly Guided Caliphs or the guided Imaams (radhiyallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een) from the first generations that the Messenger of Allaah testified for as being the best of generations. This was the case even with the advancement of the people, and their abundance of wealth and their taking a large amount from the cultures and civilizations and availability of various kinds of beautification and colors in the first three generations. Thus, all good is in following the Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), guidance, the guidance of his Rightly Guided Caliphs and those who traversed upon their path from the Imaams of the Religion after them. Also, in lighting lights o­n the Masaajid and hanging electrical lamps above them or around them or above their minarets, hanging flags, placing flowers o­n them during the ‘Eids and special occasions for beautification and magnification is an imitation of the disbelievers. This is imitating them in what they do at their synagogues and churches, and the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), forbade imitating them in their celebrations and their acts of worship. The Permanent Committee Fataawa Islaamiyyah Vol. #3 Pages 54-55

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