It is not permissible for Muslims to work in any worship places like churches and mausoleum addressing anyone than God alone. As in this way they are approving falsehood and helping those worshiping other gods

Working in Churches and Mausoleums

Similar Questions

  • Working in places of paganism;

  • Working in the places of worship of other religions.

The Issue

A Muslim living in a non-Muslim country may find a job in a church, mausoleum or other place of Christian or pagan worship. His work may involve cleaning these places on the inside or outside, for which he receives a salary. Is this permissible?


It is not permissible for a Muslim to work in places of paganism or places of worship that address anyone other than God alone, including churches and mausoleums. Whatever earnings he receives for such work is considered unlawful. This is the ruling given by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Uthaimeen and Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan.[1]


This type of work implies approval of falsehood and helping its people and a Muslim may not provide help for the people of falsehood. When an action is rendered invalid its earnings are unlawful.


  • Fatawa al-Da'wah, a selection of fatwas by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Uthaimeen.

  • Salih al-Fawzan, Majmu' al-Fatawa.

  • Mut’ib al-Qahtani (ed.), Is'af al-Mughtaribin bi Fatawa al-'Ulama’ al-Rabbaniyyin.

  • Khalid Abd al-Qadir, Fatawa al-Aqaliyyat al-Muslimah.


  1. Ibn Uthaimeen, Fatawa al-Da'wah, vol. 3, p. 158; S. al-Fawzan, Majmu' al-Fatawa, vol. 2, p. 721.