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Asalamu Alykum, I have recently converted from Christianity and am trying my best to stay loyal to Allah but as I learned more and more I came across a troubling question. A good friend of mine, who was born Islam told me that i should stay away from a certain mosque in my city. His reasoning wasn't clear at all as he is Westernized. He told me that his people(sharifs) don't go to certain mosques nor do they allow their kids to go. This is because they believe the mosque which appears to have more members than they do, has teaching thats meant to deceive kids. My question is are there any Islamic mosques that aim to deceive a person by teaching false Islam? If so is there any one question that these people would respond differently to than a true shiekh would? Thank you and may the lord bless you

الجواب حامداومصليا

May Allah accept all your good deeds and give you strength to remain firm and steadfast on the path of Islam. Aameen

Normally, all mosques are established for the purpose of providing a place of worship for Muslims and provide Islamic education for Muslims unless a mosque is built for another purpose which may be apparent from their attitude and activities taking place therein.

If a mosque is established and maintained by people who believe and practice mainstream Islam (The true teachings of Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet) then there is not reason to stay away from such a Mosque. However, if a Mosque is established and maintained by such people who have strayed away from the mainstream of Islam then one must stay away from such centers as the case with mosques or centers established by Ahmadis/Qadiaynis/Shias etc...

You can learn about the beliefs and practices of founders by going through their policies/statements etc...

It is always important to be in the company of righteous and trustworthy people.

If you would like to know specifically about some authentic centers and mosques in an area, you may ask us about it and we will do our best to assist you Insha'allah.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

Fatwa Center of America

27 Muharram 1432/ January 2 2011