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Praying in Church

Please 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.

A. 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]