Masjid Statement On Current Lockdown - 15th of April 2020
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahatullah Wa Barakatuhu.
The Board of the Masjid would like to make the following statement on the ongoing lockdown (Covid-19) scenario.
On 21st March 2020 the Masjid reluctantly decided to temporary close the masjid for all public congregational prayers including Jumuah prayer. This public closure is still in place in accordance with Government guidance and regulations.
Since then, some Masajid have decided to hold small, private congregations in order to ensure that worship is still taking place at the Masjid. We have also been asked to do so - however, we have been touch with various organisations including Shefﬁeld City Council Environmental Health (who are advising on the Covid-19 public health) — they have told us categorically that small private congregations are not allowed in the Masajid due to the high the risk of spreading the virus.
They also told us that any Masajid not complying with these requirements could be handed a Prohibition Notice and even ﬁned. We have therefore decided not to do this in line with this advice and our legal/moral obligations.
Secondly, what has been expressly allowed is the broadcasting (by one person) of the adhan, speeches etc over radio or internet devices, as well as mosque ofﬁcials carrying out essential tasks such as admin, maintenance, and cleaning. Most Masajid are doing this.
Currently, essential staff such as cleaning and maintenance are going into the Masjid (alone) to carry out their essential duties. Administration work is currently being doing from home and Alhamdulillah we have been able to raise almost pound £2000 through online fundraising in order to continue paying the bills. We thank you sincerely for this.
As for broadcasting etc, we have currently decided not to do this. This is primarily because these activities have to be carefully supervised by Masjid ofﬁcials and unfortunately we do not have the capacity to do this. We currently have no Imam and several of the masjid staff have either underlying health conditions or have families who have underlying conditions. Therefore, at this very vital time, when the Muslim community especially is being affected very badly by Covid-19, we feel we have to allow Masjid staff and ofﬁcials to remain home with their families and minimise risk.
We realise that this is a very emotional time when the Masajid have been made to close. These are unprecedented times and we have no desire to keep the Masjid closed longer than is necessary. We are constantly reviewing the situation, seeking appropriate advice, and making difﬁcult and unpopular decisions. However, even one cross-infection or death from the Masjid is one too many for us. We are not prepared to risk lives. Our noble Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The destruction of the world is lighter on Allah than the killing of one Muslim man”, (Tirmidhi)
The Masjid board would ask you at this very difﬁcult time to please remain patient, make sincere du’a that Allah (SWT) allows us to re-open in time for Ramadhan, make the best of your time at home, and please remember those families who are experiencing directly the test of Covid-19 including the death of their loved ones.
Please also remain assured, that all as long as you sincerely regret the missing of prayers at the Masjid and continue to pray at home you will still receive the reward of a congregational prayer, Insha Allah.
Masjid Board - Markazi Jamia Mosque - 13 Industry Rd, Shefﬁeld, S9