I am a volunteer in a Masjid. This is a new Masjid that was started up in March of this year. As the month of Ramadan comes to an end and people are preparing for I’tikaf, a few questions were raised and need to be addressed. The masjid building has not yet been renovated to fit the criteria of a traditional masjid.
The showering facility in this building is not yet fully functional so if someone is performing I’tikaf here, is it permissible for the person to go home and shower then come right back? Or would that invalidate the I’tikaf?
A second question I have is more of a need for my education as well as our intention to the right thing by Shariah.
Why do we need to declare Niyyat of masjid boundaries? What is the actual purpose of such a declaration?
I have learned that it is best to declare a small area then expand upon that because once the area has been declared it cannot be reduced but can be expanded. If I understand the purpose of declaring an area (ihatah) for the masjid area then I can see how much area to include right now. One of the purposes of this ihatah declaration is to accommodate the need for I’tikaf.
I request a Hanafi Maslak based decision in these matters please.
Please feel free to call me to discuss in detail if you wish.
الجواب وبالله التوفيق
اجل لہ ساحۃ لا بناء فیھا امر قوماًان یصلوا فیھا بجماعۃ فھذا علی ثلاثۃ اوجہ احدھا اما ان امرھم بالصلوۃ فیھا ابدا انصابان قال صلوا فیھا ابدا او امرھم بالصلوۃ مطلقا ونوی رعد بدخفی ھذ ین الوجھین صارت الساحۃ مسجدا (حاشیہ فتاوی محمودیہ، ص 240، ج 21
واللہ اعلم بالصواب