Praying in Church
let us know if it is okay to pray in a Church (Eid Prayer). We have
a student who feels a reservation to pray in Church. I personally
think it is ok, but a definite answer would help.
Praying anywhere on the earth is allowed, as Allah (swt) said "We
made the entire earth as a place of prayer" as long as it
is clean. Praying in a church has some reservations as the church
contains pictures, crosses, and so-“pictures” of Sayyidina 'Isa, as
"the son of God" etc. Paintings of prophets and idols are
forbidden, therefore it is preferable to pray in the courtyard or
lawn if possible. The Prophet (s) said, "make your mosques white"
for which some people even hesitate to decorate mosque walls, even
with verses of Quran. But if you find no other place to pray, then
it is allowed, following the excuse "But if one is forced
by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,
then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [16: 115]