As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
We pray that you are keeping safe and well, and would we to thank you for your continued support, patience and du’as during this challenging and difficult time.
By the grace of Allah, we are pleased to announce that after completing a thorough risk assessment, the Masjid is ready for Phase 1 of reopening for congregational prayers on:
Monday 13th July 2020 – only Fajr, Asr & Maghrib prayers will be led in congregation (jamm’ah)
Jummah/ Friday prayers remain temporarily SUSPENDED until further notice.
As we begin to gradually reopen our Masjid, we have had to make some difficult but necessary changes to protect us all by maintaining social distancing and minimising the possibility of transmitting the virus, which has also disproportionately affected BAME (Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority) members. The government virus alert level is currently level 3, which means that the threat is still ‘substantial’, the virus is considered to be ‘in general circulation’ and there is a real risk of localised lockdowns and the Masjid being reclosed.
With all of this in mind, please strictly adhere to the following necessary measures and instructions:
⛔ SHOULD NOT ATTEND:
❌ Over 65s.
❌ Under 10s.
❌ Anyone with pre-existing health conditions.
❌ Anyone in self-isolation.
❌ Anyone in quarantine.
❌ Anyone showing any COVID-19 related symptoms (high temperature; new continuous cough; loss of taste or smell).
🏠 Preparation from Home
✅ Perform wudu at home. Wudu and toilet facilities will be closed.
✅ Bring (1) own prayer mat, (2) face mask, (3) bag for your shoes.
✅ Prayer hats, prayer beads and Qurans will be removed from use. Bring from home if you would like to use one.
🕌 At the Masjid
✅ The Masjid will open fifteen minutes before congregational prayer and close immediately after the fard prayer. Read your sunnah and nafl prayers at home.
✅ Please respect our staff and volunteers and comply with any instructions.
✅ Wear your face mask at all times. Anyone without a face mask may be refused entry.
✅ Adhere to social distancing measures at all times. Do not gather inside the Masjid or outside. No physical contact such as handshaking or hugging.
✅ The Masjid will close when it reaches its designated capacity.
✅ Temperature will be taken before entrance. Please respect our staff and comply if asked not to enter the Masjid.
✅ Place your shoes in the your bag and keep them with you in the Masjid.
✅ Use the hand sanitisers upon entry and exit.
✅ Observe the one-way system.
✅ Pray in the designated prayer spaces.
✅ If you feel unwell whilst at the Masjid, please immediately speak to one of our staff.
🚫 Consistent failure to adhere to these rules may result in you being asked not to attend the Masjids for the safety of other attendees.
After salah times
✅ Follow the instructions for leaving the Masjid.
✅ Leave quietly and do not congregate outside
⛔ Please note the masjid will remain closed outside of congregational prayer times.
Please remember that these difficult decisions were made with the best interest of our community at heart, and were made after undergoing a thorough risk assessment, sharing best practice with other masajid and much deliberation. We have full faith that you will continue to support us by adhering to these temporary but necessary measures to ensure that our Masjid remains a safe and peaceful place of worship.
We pray that Allah keeps our masajid open, completely removes this difficult and challenging trial, grants us all ease, and allows us to return to normality very quickly. Ameen.
Hounslow Muslim Centre