A church in Durban is currently being converted into a mosque. It is a heritage building, hence, in terms of the law, the exterior of the building cannot be changed, and the cross on top of it has to remain. In the 1990s the church was sold and used for business purposes. It was used as a furniture store, then as a studio for photography. A report in our local paper states:
“As a protected listed site the building must retain the original church aesthetics, including the cross on the spire.”
Is it permissible to perform Salaat in this building?
It appears that the pockets of some ‘Ulama are greased by certain wealthy members of society. The ever-increasing comfort and association with the ruling party have also become a much prized and publicized feature of the charitable endeavors of the Jamiat KZN and Darul Ihsan. Several are the wealthy Durban businessmen who cherish and publicize their closeness to the President and MPs of the ruling party.
Please understand what is happening. The offices of the Jamiat KZN and Darul Ihsan have become forward-bases of slow political machinations. Look at Nkandla. Look at the Jamiat KZN celebrating Mandela Day. Look at the Darul Ihsan election posters in the Musjid. And again and again are the Jamiat KZN colluding with government bodies for charity projects. On the 1st of February 2017, 1760 school shirts were doled out to children at a government school.
The offices of the Jamiat KZN and Darul Ihsan have to be purged of political agents and evil elements.
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– Permissible but Makrooh.
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