What are the rules in Islam regarding entering a non-Muslim place of worship? Is it always permitted? Always forbidden? Permitted in certain circumstances? Does it matter whether the location is a place of worship for a monotheistic or polytheistic religion?

  • +1 Valid question, clear formulation and also what I am curious about!
    – user2350
    Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 15:42

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While there is nothing in the Qur'an forbidding it, it has been reported that the prophet refused to enter the Kaa'ba before ordering the pictures therein obliterated.

The Hanafi opinion is that since such places attract shayateen — especially if they contain prohibited images — entering them is makruh tahrim. Without a compelling reason to enter, one should avoid doing so.

  • Where is the hanafi opinion sourced from?
    – user940
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 4:13
  • @Ali OP didn't ask for a source, so i didn't bother digging one up.
    – goldPseudo
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 4:16
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    So what if there are shayateen? When they hear of Islamic salat they will run away (if you believe in a particular hadith). It has no effect to a pious Muslim, especially when he is praying.
    – user2350
    Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 15:44
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    Should also go by "why"-- if on some religious intentions or while there's some ritual being held inside, I wouldn't feel comfortable being on either side. otherwise, I don't see anything wrong as long as done with respect on both sides.
    – ashley
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 23:22

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