Building an astro turf in the masjid yard

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Dear Mufti

The musjid in Empangeni has decided with the approval of Mufti Ebrahim Desai to build an astro turf soccer field on the musjid premises, whilst the premises is waqf. The project is spearheaded by the main Imaam and a collection drive is on for the funds of approximately R450 000. The organizers feel that they will attract people to the musjid and save them from the evils out there. The usual suspects that are being followed are the Ulemaa and community in stanger (apparently stanger has a similar facility in their muslim school yard). This astro turf will apparently be open to females asking them to adhere to purdah whilst they make use of the facility. The project seems rushed to beat anyone putting a stop to it.

1) Can such a project be done on waqf land?
2) Can females play sport in the musjid yard?
3) Should the organizers lease the land and pay a fee to the musjid?

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Asked on October 5, 2017 3:54 pm
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1) If there is going to be more sin perpetrated there then it is Makrooh. Sport is a waster of most valuable time, money, and energy.
Muslims have not been created to engage in vain futile activities.
2) This is Makrooh and will lead to major Fitnahs.
Then they will be encouraged to go for Salaat in the Masjid (when the reward is higher for females at home) and which will also lead to compromising Hijaab whilst going to the Majid then how will it be justified to let the women play, jump, shout and scream on the sports field.
3) There is room for it.

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Answered on November 12, 2017 4:36 pm