Reserving a space in the masjid for the elderly.

Question:[What is] the case of the one, O Shaykh, who reserves a space for the elderly in the masjid on a regular basis?

Answer: If he is in the masjid, but moves to another spot, to rest for example and places something to save his space in the row while he is still present in the masjid, there is no problem in that.

However, if he reserves a space and went to carry out his business and his work then this is not permissible and [the object used to] reserve [the space] must be removed.

The masjid is for the one who comes early, unless he went out to perform wudhoo for instance or for a small need and then returned [immediately] there is no harm in that, he has more right to [that space].

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