In the light of the debate around the open mosque, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has issued the following fatwa on Thursday:
The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) convened a special meeting with representatives of Mosques and Islamic Institutions to provide a scholarly and collective response to the establishment of the so-called “Open Mosque” in Wynberg, Cape Town. The special meeting which was attended by 110 scholars unanimously concluded the following:
The religion of Islam is founded upon the Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic Traditions) which together forms the bedrock of Islamic Practice. It is from these primary sources that Islam clearly delineates the roles of men and women on an equitable basis in all spheres of life that includes the morality, ethics and etiquette of mosques in Islam.
The so-called “Open Mosque” claims to be “Quran-centric” and deliberately excludes Prophetic Traditions.
Whereas, the Quran clearly states the following:
“He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah; but those who turn away – we have not sent you over them as a guardian”.
(Quran Chapter 4, Verse 80)
“And whatever the messenger has given you, take it and whatever he has forbidden you, refrain from it. And fear Allah; indeed Allah is severe in penalty”
(Quran Chapter 59, Verse 7)
We therefore, strongly advise our community to absolutely refrain from attending the so-called “open mosque” based on their interpretation of aspects of Islam that clearly contradicts Quranic and Prophetic directives as well as centuries of Islamic scholarship.
Maulana Ihsaan Hendricks