Entering into churches in order to call to Islaam

ReferenceFataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daaimah

Question: What is the ruling on a Muslim entering a church to observe their prayers or listen to a lecture?

Response: It is impermissible for a Muslim to enter upon disbelievers in their places of worship since it increases their numbers. In addition, al-Baihaqee has reported with an authentic chain of narrators that ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “…And do not enter upon the idolaters in their churches and temples, for anger descends upon them.”

However, if [one enters their churches] for a legislative benefit, or to call them to Allah, or something along those lines, then there is no harm in doing so.

And success is with Allah alone.

May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Signed: Abdul-Aziz bin Abdillah bin Baz (president), Abdurrazzaq ‘Afeefi (vice-president), Abdullah bin Ghudayan (member), Abdullah bin Qu’ood (member).


Question: There exist many churches here, is it therefore permitted to enter into them and to debate the clergymen? Is it permitted to enter into them in order to look around and know what they do?

Response: It is permissible for people of knowledge to enter churches in order to invite the people there to Islam. However, entering them just to look around should be avoided, because there is no benefit in doing so.

True Guidance is from Allaah; may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

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المرجع: فتاوى اللجنة الدائمة

السؤال:ما حكم دخول المسلم إلى الكنيسة سواء لحضور صلاتهم أو الاستماع إلى محاضرة.

الجواب: لا يجوز للمسلم الدخول على الكفار في معابدهم؛ لما فيه من تكثير سوادهم، ولما روى البيهقي بإسناد صحيح عن عمر رضي الله عنه قال: (… ولا تدخلوا على المشركين في كنائسهم ومعابدهم فإن السخطة تنزل عليهم) لكن إذا كان لمصلحة شرعية أو لدعوتهم إلى الله ونحو ذلك فلا بأس.

وبالله التوفيق. وصلى الله على نبينا محمد، وآله وصحبه وسلم.


السؤال: توجد هنا كنائس كثيرة، فهل يجوز الدخول فيها ومناقشة القساوسة الذين فيها؟ هل يجوز دخولها للنظر فيها ومعرفة ما يفعل هؤلاء؟

الجواب: يجوز الدخول في الكنائس لأهل العلم لدعوة أهلها إلى الإسلام، أما دخولها لأجل الفرجة فقط فلا ينبغي؛ لأنه لا فائدة من ورائه، ولأنه يخشى على المسلم أن يتأثر بهم، لا سيما إذا كان جاهلاً بأمور دينه، ولا يستطيع رد الشبهة التي يوجهونها إليه.

وبالله التوفيق وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم.

- from Philadelphia, USA. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, the Faculty of Hadeeth, PGDip in Da'wah and Masters in 'Aqeedah; He is currently pursuing his PhD in 'Aqeedah. In addition, he has been appointed by Royal Decree to teach in the Prophet's Masjid in Madeenah.

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