Announcement from Executive Council
Assalamo Alaikom Brothers & Sisters,
Given the fast-changing situation and the sharply increasing risk level of COVID-19 infections, the Executive Committee has decided to SUSPEND ALL CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS AT THE MASJID AND THE UIC until further notice. This obviously includes Friday prayer as well the 5 daily prayers.
The EC will continue to closely monitor the situation as it unfolds looking at guidance/instructions from CDC, our medical advisory committee, as well from AMJA and all other sources of reliable information.
The EC wants all members of the community to understand that this decision was an extremely difficult and sensitive one to make, but the EC believes it to be the best for our community and the greater community we live in. The decision was made based on
Consultation with and recommendation from our newly formed medical advisory committee that includes 8 trusted and highly respected medical doctors in our community.
The messenger (pbuh) told the prayer caller (mu’azzen) to tell people to pray where they are instead of coming to the masjid due to rain, which is FAR LESS dangerous than what we are experiencing.
AMJA new declaration.
Fatwa issued by Al-Azhar.
Many Muslim countries have already suspended all congregational prayers at mosques, including Saudi Arabia (with the exception of Haram in Makkah and the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah), Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and others.
Several mosques in the US have already suspended all congregational prayers including mosques in Houston, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, St Louis, and other cities.