Using money donated by non-Muslims to build mosque
Fatwa No: 82452

Question

We live in Kyushu area, Japan, where there one no mosques. We started to collect money for building a mosque. Can we use money donated by non-Muslims to build the mosque?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
What is apparent, and Allah knows best, is that building a mosque from money donated by Kuffars (unbelievers) is permissible if the Muslims are in need of their donations. Those donations must remain under the sole authority of the Muslims and the donors are not to be given any power or control in the matters of mosque.
The evidence for this rule is that a Muslim can accept and own gifts of a Kafir. Moreover the polytheists built the K'abah with their own money, the Prophet ate the food of Kuffars and he sought their help in some matters even though he was Commanded from Allah {O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Taiyibât [all kinds of Halâl (legal) foods which Allâh has made legal (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits, etc.],}[23: 51].
However, the acceptance of Kuffars' donations should be restricted only to the limits of necessity. If you can build the mosque with your own and your Muslims brothers' money then you are obliged to build mosque using that money and not seek help from the Kuffar. In this way, you will avoid the disagreement of scholars over this issue.
Allah knows best.

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