Salam~ There is no mosque in my area (the closest one is an hour away and I don't have a car), so I was wondering if it would be okay for me to go to another place of worship such as a chapel or church. I feel very far away from Allah lately, and I need a safe place to ask him for answers. If I do go to another place, would I still need to cover as though I was attending a mosque, or no? I don't usually wear hijab... Thanks, sister.
Waalikum assalam wa rahmatu Allaahi wa barakatuh
I need you to clarify in shaa Allaah. Do you mean go to a Church during a time where there is a service running? Or just at a random time when no one is in that Church? Either way, there is a difference of opinion on whether one is allowed to enter a Church or not-however, most of the ulemaa say it’s forbidden.
If the reason for going to the Church is to show that Islam is tolerant and lenient, then it is haram to enter it. However, if by going to the Church and giving da’wah will cause people to realize how powerful of a religion Islaam is and how it is spreading, then that is when it is permissible. [fatwa by ibn al ‘uthaymeen]
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
Jibreel promised to come to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) but he was late and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) grew concerned. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out and saw him, and he told him of his concern and he said to him: “We [angels] do not enter a house in which there is an image or a dog.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5960).
Churches contain statues and pictures. And the angels do not enter such a place- so how would you feel blessed and at peace knowing the angels aren’t surrounding you, and won’t even enter into the place you’re in?
Also another point, the best prayer and worship for a woman is her own home. The Prophet SallaAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
“Do not prevent your women from going to the mosque, even though their houses are better for them.”
[Reported by Abu Dawud in al-Sunan]
Seek closeness to Allaah through salaah and duaa from your own home because that is better for you in shaa Allaah. Allaah is always listening, so don’t hesitate to call upon Him at any time.
Finally, about covering. Ukhti I advise you to fear Allaah and obey Him. How do you expect Him to bless you and grant you ease and success if you are not even obeying His commands? Hijaab is not a choice ukhti. I understand the struggles and I am in no way judging you or trying to be harsh. I want to remind you for verily a reminder benefits the believers. I care about you and want the best for you as you are my sister in Islaam. Imagine if you died right now.. are you safe from Hellfire? Is Allaah swt pleased with you? Make duaa that Allaah eases your affairs and makes hijaab easy for you. I will keep you in my duaas in shaa Allaah <3
Please refer to the following fatawa:
As for hijaab, refer to these:
May Allaah ease your affairs and guide you. May He make obeying Him an easy task for you. Ameen.