UPDATED: 23 March 2020:
Assalam alaykum -peace be with you
We are doing our best to bring you the latest information updates as the COVID-19 situation in the UK changes. We will update this regularly based on latest medical advice and to make sure we are answering the things you care most about.
Please refer to the following BBC NEWS PAGE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS: What are social distancing and self-isolation? for useful and further information
~Thursday 19 March 2020~ The Management Committee have decided to suspend all activities including all the congregational prayers. The decision has not been taken lightly and was based on consultation with other centres, health professionals and the Muslim Council of Britain. We are closely monitoring updates from the government and will issue updates accordingly. We put out trust in Allah and ask for your support and du’as. Please check our website for regular updates. Jazakallah Khair
As you will be aware at this time of year there are many different viruses around as well as the new Coronavirus.
The prophet (ﷺ) gave us guidelines in dealing with infectious diseases by advising Muslims not to flee from places where the virus is present, and not to go there:
Narrated Saud, the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.” [Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith 5728]
The Masjid is the heart of the community and is a place of congregation, but can also be a place where there is easy transmission of an illness. So, although it is a place that should be frequented, this does not apply in cases where it may harm others as the prophet (ﷺ) forbade the sick to mingle with those that are not.
Abu Hurayrah reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying, “A sick person should not be taken to one who is healthy….” [Sahih Muslim Hadith 2221]
The prophet (ﷺ) forbade those who came to the mosques and annoyed or harmed people with unpleasant smells, so it is more reason to avoid coming to the masjid to avoid harming people with an illness.
Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) aid, “Whoever has eaten garlic or onion should keep away from us (or should keep away from our mosque).” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 854]
It was narrated that Jabir said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) forbade eating onions and leeks, but we were overcome by need and we ate some of them. He said: ‘Whoever eats from these foul-smelling plants, let him not come near our Masjid, for the Angels are offended by the same things that offend humans.” [Sahih Muslim Hadith 564]
It is for this reason we would ask those who may have symptoms of illness, or those who suspect they are coming down with an illness to keep away from coming to the Mosque so we can control the spread of the virus.
We would also ask that the following general hygiene principles are followed.
~ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, (this is particularly important after taking public transport or touching things out in public)
~ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
~ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
~ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
~ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
~ Do not share utensils, cups or towels.
~ Ensure meat and eggs are cooked thoroughly.
~ If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work, school or Madrasah.
~ If you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or another healthcare environment.