Q. Is it permissible to raise funds by having sales (Bar B Que or Curry Que) with the proceeds going towards constructing a masjid?
A. It is permissible to use the proceeds of such funds in the construction of a masjid, however, it must be noted that this is not the way that Islam has encouraged.
From the teachings of the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Holy Prophet (S.A.S), it is clearly established that Muslims are required to donate and give monies for the sake of Allah in establishing the religion of Islam and all that goes with it.
The true blessings and rewards that come about in the construction of a Masjid is only achieved when Muslims give their monies for the sake of Allah without expecting any worldly return. Obviously, in the Bar B Que and Curry Que sales, one is simply purchasing food and not giving his money for Allah’s sake.
The Holy Quran has repeatedly asked the believers to spend their wealth in Allah’s cause. They are also ordered to help the religion of Allah. During the time of the pious predecessors, Muslims continued to donate and give their monies freely to the cause of building mosques and Islamic centers, and also donated generously for the propagation of Islam.
Muslim should abstain from propagating such fund raisers for the sake of the masjid, and instead, they should commit themselves to donating a portion of their wealth to the continuation and propagation of Islam. This is the path which was adopted by the early Muslims and those after them, and it was on account of this, Allah blessed them in their wealth and granted them his special favours.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan