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I've heard that some Christian churches were converted into mosques after Islam spread to those areas and took hold as the dominant religion of the area. For example, the Hagia Sophia was the main Cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Church for 1000 years before the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and converted it into a Mosque.

I'm wondering if it's possible for any old building to be converted into a mosque? Could my garage or bedroom or a school hall be converted into a mosque?

  • This is indeed a good question. I know of a mosque here in Germany which was a former bar. It would be challenging to check what are the rules scholars made for this and what are their evidences. But I assume that there are no special rituals needed for that and the major point would be an issue of najasa (impurity). – Medi1Saif Feb 8 '17 at 7:45

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