Building places of worship for non-Muslim in Muslim countries?

Question 427: All Praise is due to Allaah, Alone. May peace be upon the Last Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has reviewed the referred questions to His Eminence, the Grand Muftee (Islamic scholar qualified to issue legal opinions) by a number of questioners. The questions are recorded in the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 86, dated (5/1/1421 A.H.), and nos. 1326, 1327, 1328, dated 2/3/1421 A.H. Concerning the ruling on building places of worship for non-Muslims in Arabia such as Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, etc. Is it permissible for a company owner to allocate a place for non-Muslim workers to practice their worship there?

Answer:  Studying these questions, the Committee answered as follows:

Every religion other than Islaam is mere disbelief and error. Every house of worship other than that of Islaam is considered a place of disbelief and error, because worshipping Allaah is only permissible through what He has legislated. The Islaamic Sharee`ah (law) is the Last Divine Testament for both Jinn and man. Thus, it abrogates the past codes of law according to the consensus of scholars... read more here.

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