Ruling on living in an apartment above a church

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
As-Salaamu-Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

My wife and I are from Syria, and we live in Sweden, where there is a huge housing crisis and great difficulty in finding a place to live. We are committed followers of Islam, and we try to call people to Islam; we also have a good relationship with the church and its attendees, but our goal is to get to know them in an attempt to call them to Islam, and we never meet any Christian person but we try to call him to Islam, directly or indirectly.… My question is: on the second floor of the church there is an apartment with a door and staircase that are separate from the entrance to the church or its halls. They have offered to rent this apartment to us, although they know for sure that we are deeply committed Muslims. Of course the apartment is free of any symbols of Christianity, such as crosses for example. Is it permissible for us to live in it?

(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
Check below answers in case you are looking for other related questions:


Praise be to Allah

We put this question to our shaykh, ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan al-Barraak (may Allah preserve him), and he replied:

It is permissible for you to live in this apartment, even if there are images and Christian symbols in it, but you can remove them if possible, or cover them up and conceal them if it is not possible to remove them.

And Allah knows best.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Related Answers:

Recommended answers for you: