Standard Size of Mosque ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the standard size of the mosque. In the previous article, I explained, that we should not compete to build mosques because it is not needed and is very dangerous if it is done. The question is, how much are the standard size of mosque and its height?
As always, before I answer the question above, I will quote one hadith specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Standard Size of Mosque
The hadith about standard size of mosque that I mean is as follows;
عَنْ اِبْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ ؛ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ مَا أُمِرْتُ بِتَشْيِيْدِ الْمَسَاجِدِ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ
From Ibn Abbas radliyallaahu ‘anhumaa, he said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “I was not ordered to boast in building mosques.” The hadith is narrated by Abu Daud.
There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;
One; The hadith explains, that we should not build a mosque in excess of necessity.
Two; We must not decorate the mosque with gold and silver. But there are differences of opinion between Islamic law experts about that. Abu Hanifah allowed it to respect the mosque but the fees should not come from the Baitul Mal. The majority of legal experts argue that the prohibition is li al-Karaahah. The meaning is that it is better not to do it even though the costs come from the government or from the Baitul Mal, because that includes the category of using money for needs that are not needed. Again, the main purpose of building a mosque is for a place of worship, not a museum.
Three; The hadith explains the miracle of the Prophet Muhammad. In this hadith he tells what will happen in the future, in the present.
All readers! Indeed, the hadith and the brief explanation above do not specifically explain the standard of the mosque and its height. I honestly did not find information about it in other books. But we can guess that the standard area of the mosque and its height is what is needed, so that Muslims in a region can pray together. For example, in a Muslim population area there are 1500 people. So, the standard of the mosque area and height is, the mosque can accommodate 1500 people for prayer together, such as ‘Id al-Fitri prayer and ‘Id al-Adhah prayer. This is in my personal opinion.
That is a brief explanation of standard size of Mosque. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. I, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 277-278.