Praying in a corrupt Masjid

Question:

How can one go into a Masjid these days when all of the mosques have the word Allah and Muhammad side by side stencilled or in carvings mounted on the walls?

Surely, if one goes into these Masjids knowing the truth, one cannot then ignore what is right in front of oneself. Would this not also be a form of Shirk as you would then be denying the command not to associate any name with Allah? I like to go to the masjid to worship Allah alone, and to glorify Allah alone, but I am always faced with an Imam whose every second word is in glorification of Muhammad or his companions!

Is it acceptable to make Salaat at home, so as not to be exposed to this?

Reply

As the Quran is the true word of God, we expect to find all our answers in the book, and the answer to your question is also given in the book.

The Quran makes it very clear that all masajid are for commemorating the name of God alone (not Allah and Muhammad!). Moreover, all the words of our salat (prayer) should be dedicated to the name of God alone:

The Masjids are for God, so do not call on anyone else besides God. 72:18

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Say, "My Salat, my worship practices, my life and my death, are all devoted to God, the Lord of the worlds. 6:162

He has no partner. This is what I was commanded with, and I am the first to submit." 6:163

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I am God, there is no god except Me. Therefore, you shall worship Me and observe the Salat to commemorate Me. 20:14

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Believers are commanded not to enter or pray in any masjid that harbours idol worship (shirk). If we cannot find a masjid that is dedicated to worshipping God alone and dedicated to commemorating His name alone in the salat, then we are advised to pray at home or with any group of genuine believers.

Besides, a masjid is anywhere where there is prostration, so in theory, if we are praying with others in our home, or any other place, that place becomes our masjid.

Here are the relevant Quranic words:

There are those who use a masjid to cause harm, disbelief and division among the believers, as well as an outpost for those who fought God and His messenger before. They will swear: "We only meant to do good." God bears witness that they are liars. 9:107

You shall not stand therein, ever. A masjid that is established on reverence from the first day is more worthy of you standing therein. In it, there are people who love to be purified. God loves those who purify themselves. 9:108