The following question was asked from Mufti Ebrahim Desai regarding the permissibility of Jummua Salaat in multi-faith rooms that are usually found in universities, hospitals and airports.
Question: Is it permissible to pray Salaatul Jummua in a multi-faith rooms which are shared with people of other faith groups. Also, please note that the multi-faith room in our university is not open during the semester break.
[The original explanation of the situation was very lengthy but above is a summary of what was asked]
Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
1) It is permissible to conduct Jumma in a Musallah that is not used frequently for Salaah or is closed for some time of the year.
2) It is makruh to pray If there is a statue or picture in front of someone. However The Karaha falls off if it is hidden or in back of the musallee. This praying in a multifaith room with cross or statue will be permissible provided one covers them with a cloth. The issue is that of making their ta’zeem while prayer.
And Allah knows best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai & Mufti Emran Vawda
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah