Novel Coronavirus Guidelines

Juma prayer suspended and all classes/programs postponed 

Assalaamu Alaykum Respected Brothers & Sisters

Based on recent guidelines being put forth by county and federal health officials for Santa Clara county; we held an emergency meeting yesterday evening in our Masjid to discuss how to move forward.

In consultation with our local Scholars, Dr’s, other local Masaajid and community members we have decided to suspend Juma Prayer effective immediately and postpone all classes and programs taking place in the Masjid until further notice.  

Our 5 daily Prayers will continue to take place in the multi-purpose room and those who attend should bring their own prayer mats as we will be disinfecting the multi-purpose room regularly.  DO NOT come to the Masjid if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.

We should remember that our intention in taking these steps is to mitigate the spread of this virus.  In light of this and since our county has been hit particularly hard, we should NOT go to other Masaajid for Juma Prayer and should perform Dhur Prayer.  This is in accordance to what we learn from the following Hadith: 

Sa’d (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates from Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; and if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave from it.” (Sahih Al- Bukhari: 5728)

These are not easy decisions that we are faced with and we ask Allah Ta’ala to protect us, guide us and accept our efforts.  Aameen. 

Masjid Darus Salaam (Al Hilaal) Board

General Guidelines – Masjid Darus Salaam:

We will be continuing with our congregational/Juma prayers and programs and classes as we actively monitor the situation and follow any guidance set forth by the Santa Clara county health Dept.  We are also taking measures to disinfect and clean the Masjid more frequently.  

  • Ensure that we have the correct belief in place 
  • Increase in Dua, Durood, Repentance and Sadaqah (optional charity).
  • Stress upon cleanliness and hygiene (washing hands, etc.)
  • Do not spread any unverifiable and unreliable information. 
  • Do not come to the Masjid if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and check with your physician for further advice.  
  • We strongly urge high risk groups such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and those with the above mentioned symptoms to miss Juma prayer.  You will perform Dhuhr prayer at home If you are missing Juma prayer.   
  • If you are at the Masjid and experience any of the above symptoms please leave the area and avoid close contact with others. 
  • We should be careful with our conduct and behavior and ensure we do not fall into generalizing or discriminating against any race or individuals who are affected with the virus.  
  • Handshakes can be avoided if there is a fear of spreading the virus and we should not be offended if someone does not shake our hand.  Those who abstain from handshaking should suffice with a verbal Salaam. 
  • Prayer mats can be brought to the Masjid or paper towels may be used for additional protection on the carpeted Masjid area.  

 

In light of the recent spread of Novel Coronavirus in our county (Santa Clara), we should understand that it is our belief that every virus, epidemic and sickness is decreed only by Allah Ta’ala.  An epidemic does not spread itself.  As Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Quran: 

– قُل لَّن يُصِيبَنَا إِلَّا مَا كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَنَا هُوَ مَوْلَانَا ۚ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُون –

Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us.  He is our Maula (Lord, Helper, and Protector).  And in Allah let the believers put their trust.  (Surah Taubah: 51)
Before turning our attention towards Allah Ta’ala through Dua and repentance we should ensure that our belief is correct.  In addition, Sadaqah (optional charity) should be increased as it removes calamities.  There are many Dua’s which can be read and below is one Dua which should be recited in abundance: 

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ

Transliteration:  Allahumma inni audhubika minal-barasi wal-junooni wal-juzami, wa minal-sayyi’ilasqam

‘O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, vitiligo, and bad diseases’.  (Sunan Abu Dawud, 1554)

Prevention and seeking a cure for diseases is an integral part of our faith.  As such we can take practical preventative steps such as those outlined by the Santa Clara county health Dept and Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

Our Shariah has emphasized upon cleanliness and purity and measures such as washing of our hands, etc, are at the forefront of helping prevent the spread of this virus.

Please review general guidelines which have been put together for Masjid Darus Salaam in collaboration with local scholars and community members.  We will update the community in the event of any changes.

May Allah Ta’ala remove this calamity upon us.  Aameen.

Masjid Darus Salaam