Praise be to Allaah.
It is obligatory to remove the religious images and symbols
mentioned from the mosque. If it is not possible to take them out, it is
sufficient to cover them up or paint the wall in such a way as to make their
features disappear. If they are statues and it is not possible to remove
them, the head only may be removed, because of the report narrated by Muslim
(969) from Abu’l-Hayyaaj al-Asadi who said: ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib said to me:
Shall I not send you on the same mission as the Messenger of Allaah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) sent me? “Do not leave any image
without erasing it or any high grave without leveling it.” according to
another report: “or any image without erasing it.”
Al-Tirmidhi (2806) and Abu Dawood (4158) “Jibreel came to me
and said to me: ‘I came to you last night and nothing kept me from entering
but the fact that there were statues at the door and there was a curtain in
the house on which there were images, and there was a dog in the house. So
tell someone to cut off the heads of the statues that are by the door of the
house, so that they will become like trees, and tell someone to take down
the curtain and make it into two cushions which can be placed on the floor
and on which people may step, and tell someone to take the dog out.’” And
the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did that.
The dog belonged to Hasan or Husayn, and it was under a table of theirs, and
he ordered that it be taken out..
The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh
al-Jaami‘, no. 68.
There is nothing wrong with making the prayer space for the
women inside the mosque on the right or left of the men, as has been
explained in the answer to question number
It is possible for them to follow the imam by hearing his
voice directly or through a microphone; it does not matter if they cannot
see the imam or the people praying behind him.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was
asked: What is the ruling on women praying in mosques in which they cannot
see the imam or the people praying behind him, and they can only hear his
He replied: It is permissible for women and men also to pray
with the congregation in the mosque, even if they cannot see the imam or the
people praying behind him, if it is possible to follow the prayer. If his
voice reaches the women where they are in the mosque and they are able to
follow the imam in prayer, then it is permissible for them to pray with the
imam, because the place is one and it is possible to follow the imam whether
by hearing his voice through the microphone or hearing the voice of the one
who conveys it from the imam. It does not matter if they cannot see the imam
or the people praying behind him; rather some scholars stipulated that it
should be possible to see the imam or the people praying behind him in cases
where someone is playing outside the mosque. End quote from Majmoo‘
Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (15/213)
See also the answer to question number
We ask Allah to help and guide us and you.
And Allah knows best.