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INAUGURATION FOR A NEW HOUSE Question I have constructed a new house. is it permitted to do an inauguration? Answer In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. Alhamdulillah, we are pleased to know that Allah has blessed you with a new house. Thank Allah for this bounty. The concept of inauguration (ceremony) for a new house as in the general norm has no basis in Islam. There are many negative factors in having an opening ceremony for a new house. There is a great possibility of showing off one’s wealth and abilities in the ceremony. That deprives one of the mercy of Allah and barakah. Furthermore, we live in an era of jealously and evil eyes. It is possible that some people may not bear your happiness and begin having jealousy for you. That can be harmful to you. If you wish to express your happiness, you may practice on a sunnah. Invite some pious people (saaliheen) to a meal and request them to preform Nafl Salah in your home and make that place your musalla. A Sahabi, Hadarat Itban bin Malik Radiallahu Anhu invited Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam to his house to perform Salah in his house so that he could make that place his musalla (place for Salah). He used that occasion to be hospitable to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and other Sahabah who gathered at that time. Remember, this practice too should not be regarded as compulsory. If one violates the laws of Allah and does not follow Shariah, do not expect the new house itself will bring peace to one. There are many people living in a life of misery in spacious mansions. Peace and happiness lies in obeying Allah and his Rasul and Shariah. No amount of money can purchase such peace. If you want the mercy of Allah and barakah in your home, 1) Obey Allah in all aspects of your life. 2) Practice on the sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. 3) Abstain from committing sins. 4) Recite Quran and Zikr daily in the house. Inshallah, your house will be a means of peace and tranquility for you. And Allah Taala Knows Best Mehrazur Rahman Student Darul Iftaa Brooklyn, NY, USA Checked and Approved by, Mufti Ebrahim Desai.