Membership Fees in Masajid

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 18 Shawwal 1423, 23 December 2002

Q.) What is the Shariah's view on membership fees paid monthly or annually to local Masjid?

A.) During the time of Nabi Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, there was always a need for funds to further the cause of Deen - Islam. Nabi Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam would exhort and encourage the Sahaba, Radi-Allahu anhu, to spend according to their means. Contributions to the Musjid should be on a Lillah (non-obligatory) basis and not under obligation of membership. Furthermore, the Masjid is for the benefit of all the Muslimeen (believers). Therefore, the concept of membership is contrary to the spirit of inclusivity. In fact it is a common practice of the Christians, Jews and Hindus whose holy places are full with elitism and financial prejudice. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best