The Question: This is a question, he says (the questioner), from a Muslim community living in the West. The questioner says: We bought a building with the intention to change it in to a masjid. We bought it with a loan of £100,000, taken from the Muslim community. And we haven't opened the masjid yet. His question: If we are unable to pay off this loan, is it permissible to close down the masjid after we have completed its set up and began establishing the prayer therein? And what is your advice for us?
The Answer: No. The masjid is not to be closed down. However, you are to seek (financial help) from the Muslims. You are to seek aid from the Muslims. And the Muslims, if Allaah wills, will not let you down. Seek help from the good-doers and the tradesmen (businessmen) and they will not fall short in this, in the affair of the masjid. Waffaqallahu al-jamee' This question was put forward by our brother Abu Humaid on the 21st February 2011 after the tafseer dars of the shaikh (after maghrib), in the city of Riyadh, KSA.