Guidelines for Congregational Prayers
During the Cornona virus pandemic, it is advised that:
1. Our People: The following should pray at home
a. Over 65 years of age
b. Pre-pubertal children
c. Anyone with the chronic serious medical condition especially but not limited to:
i. Chronic lung conditions like Asthma, COPD, ILD, Bronchiectasis
iii. Heart conditions
iiii. Active cancer
v. Kidney failure with or without dialysis
vi. Connective tissue disorders like Rheumatoid, Lupus, IBD
vii. On chronic use of steroids and other immunosuppressive agents
2. Our Premise:
a. Come to Masjid prepared with wudu (ablution) from your home as the wudu facilities will be suspended until further notice.
b. Bring your own musalla (prayer mat) to the Masjid. It may just be a piece of cloth, handkerchief, face towel or scarf to perform sajdah (prostration) on.
3. Our Protection:
a. Follow hand hygiene and minimise physical contact with people by avoiding handshakes and greet only with verbal Salam.
b. Bring your own tissues and keep it with yourself to dispose at home. The bins will be removed from the masjid.
c. Stay away if you have fever, cold or flu symptoms
4. Our Prayers:
a. Daily Prayers:
i. We will continue to hold five daily prayers in sha Allah
ii. There will be limited time allowed for prayers in the masjid
iii. Only Fard (Obligatory) prayers will be performed at the masjid. Sunnah should be performed at home
iiii. Adhan will be called out only 5 minutes before Jma’ah time, ten minutes are allocated for Jama’ah and 5 minutes to make up missed units and vacate the masjid.
b. Friday (Jumu’ah) Prayers:
i. There will be 4 or 5 Jama’ah on Fridays – about 100 people each maximum – it will on first come first served basis
ii. 1st Adhaan will be called out before 1st Jama’ah
iii. Each Jumu’ah will be for 25 minutes duration including 2nd adhaan, Khutbah, 2 units and short dua.
iiii. No speech will be taking place
v. Sunnah and Nawaafil will be prayed at home
Please beware that it is our responsibility as a Muslim to protect ourselves and our brethren from any harm. Following the directives coming from authorities will bring about help and mercy from Allah.
The masjid management committee reserves the right to ask anyone not complying with this policy to leave. This is for the safety of all musallis. We will keep the situation under daily review, and if compliance with the policy is unsatisfactory then we will need to consider closure.
Please remember that these measures are done to follow the sunnah of our beloved prophet (ﷺ). It is Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa ONLY who gives life and health. We MUST repent sincerely and connect to our Lord through regular supplication and Quranic recitation. May Allah safeguard whole humanity form this serious calamity and guide us all to the right path. Aameen
Mawlana Dr Muhammad Saleem Anwar, FRCP (UK)
Consultant Chest Physician, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow – UK