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Is it permissible to have approximately 500 people in Sunnah I’tikaaf ; 200 in Nafl I’tikaaf as was the case here in UK in one Masjid?

The reason for this question is that is it correct that 700 people use Masjid water ; electricity, which would have to be paid for by donations ; what about the people that have to cook for 700.

Furthermore, if 10 sat in the noble act of I’tikaaf they could have 69 Jamats consisting of 10 brothers each to go out in the Path of Allah to meet those thousands of brothers that do not perform Salah, Fast or just need somebody to talk to in order to give them a spiritual benefit. Imagine how much work 690 brothers could do earning reward for their own aamals ; those of others.

If Sahabah were alive today and saw the state of the Ummat, would 700 perform the noble act of I’tikaaf or would they ensure that the obligation of I’tikaaf is fulfilled ; the rest make effort to bring the thousands out there that do not come to the Masjid?

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Asked on August 8, 2014 10:05 pm
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Let alone the UK - in South Africa hundreds sitting for Itikhaaf has become the fashion.
Itikhaaf is Sunnat-e-Muakkidah ala Kifiyaah - meaning that if one person sits in Itikhaaf then the whole locality is absolved of the duty and responsibility.
I have been researching how many Sahabah sat with Nabi (S.A.W) and how many re-sat when he told them to re-sit. So far I cannot find. Moreover, in his order of re-sitting, Nabi (S.A.W) did not instruct others to sit.
Furthermore, I cannot trace if:
1) The Khulafaa-e-Rashideen sat and how many sat with them;
2) The prominent Sahabah (R.A) sat and how many sat with them;
3) The Fuqahaa (A.R) sat and how many sat with them;
4) The Mutakalneen (A.R) sat and how many sat with them;
5) The Muhadditheen (A.R) sat and how many sat with them;
6) The Mufasireen (A.R) sat and how many sat with them;
7) The Ahle Tasawwuf (A.R) sat and how many sat with them;
Note that the speech, inspiration, dream, and actions of the pious personalities are not a proof in Shariat. (see full article on site).
The food and time wastage in huge Itikhaafs is astronomical.
The introduction of Bidaat has increased in such Itikhaafs.
Let alone going out in Jamaat, it is better to stay at home, turn to Allaah, become regular in Salaat with Jamaat, make Tilawat of Qur'aan, Zikr, fulfill the rights of man, be generous, fulfill the Fardh, Waajib, Sunnat, make Du'aa, and win the Mercy of Allaah.
If the person has the option whether to sit for Itikhaaf or go out in the path of Allaah, then definitely one should go out in the path of Allaah.
May Allaah guide us all.
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Answered on August 8, 2014 10:05 pm