Masjid or Musalla

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What exactly is a masjid? Is there a difference between a masjid, musallā, and jamāt khāna, etc? These are questions which need detailed discussion.

By Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf

What exactly is a masjid? Is there a difference between a masjid, musallā, and jamāt khāna, etc? These are questions which need detailed discussion.

Nowadays, in the west, many Islamic Centers being managed include, among other things, a prayer hall, musallā, or jamāt khāna. Some communities rent an industrial unit, a store front, a house, or an apartment in which members of the Muslim community gather to perform congregational prayer (and in many cases
social activities). Many communities actually have purchased property which they consider their masjid.

Which of the above can technically be considered a masjid, and what are the related rulings?

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  • I am a bit confused on the subject. The first floor at our local masjid is an islamic school while the floor above it is the actual prayer hall. I believe this is how it was designed as this is how I remember it since it was first constructed. Is it permissible for a menstruating women to enter this lower floor even though it is directly below the masjid?

    jazakumAllahu khayr

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