UPDATE: SFL Imams Council Joint Statement on Covid-19
STATEMENT OF IMAM COUNCIL OF SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIM FEDERATION INC.
UPDATED: May 15, 2020
Bismillah, Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem, In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
The coronavirus remains an active phenomenon in our community. Alhamdulillah, the spread has slowed, due in large part to the lockdown that has been in place. However, cases continue to rise, so the need to remain vigilant and continue practicing social distancing measures is real and should be top of mind for any of us choosing to venture outside our homes.
Having met (or come close) the CDC prerequisites for Phase 1 reopening, Palm Beach county has begun a partial opening for select businesses, and Broward / Miami-Dade are expected to take a similar step on May 18th. The county mayors, commissioners and health experts, however, have been absolutely clear that this is NOT a return to normalcy. Widespread concern persists among officials that if rules are not taken seriously, a second wave of the virus can cause more suffering, and prolong this pandemic. We pray that does not happen, and that this progress continues, and eventually we can fully re-open and return to a state of normalcy.
Our updated recommendations are as follows:
RECOMMENDATION 1: If proper control measures can be achieved (see below), resume LIMITED congregational prayers (Jumu’ah and possibly others).
Masjid Management should ensure the following
- All attendees bring their own prayer rugs and be wearing facemasks.
- All attendees observe social distancing – maintain safe distance of 6 feet from each other, no hugging or handshaking, touching of any sort.
- Limit capacity to ensure proper adherence to all the rules, especially physical distancing. Mark the areas where musallis should stand to make this easier.
- Women, children, as well as at-risk elderly, are encouraged to pray at home.
RECOMMENDATION 2: For masajid unable to enforce the conditions listed above, for safety reasons they have the prerogative to remain closed.
If the masjid chooses to host any other prayers such as taraweeh, itikaaf, or Salat ul-Eid, the same restrictions above must apply.
While we as South Florida Muslim community face this challenge, we pledge to join together in support, prayers and seek mercy from Allah to protect us, our families, our country and the world from this global pandemic.
Joint Statement Participants:
Imam Nasir Ahmad (Masjid Al-Ansar)
Br. Junaid Akhtar (Baitul Mukarram)
Br. Imran Ali (Masjid Al-Ihsaan)
Br. Eoonous Azeem, (Jamaat Ul Mutaqeen)
Sheikh Ali Barakat (American Islamic Center of Florida)
Br. Shakeel Hye, (Islamic Center of Weston)
Imam Mohammed Jaffer (Islamic Jafferia Association)
Br. Bilal Karakira (Islamic School of Miami)
Imam Fathi Khalfi, (Islamic Center of Boca Raton)
Mufti Izhar Khan, (Jamaat ul Mumineen)
Imam Naseeb Khan, (Nurul Islam)
Imam Muhammad Lunat (Muslim Community of Palm Beach County)
Mufti Sultan Mohiuddin, (Islamic Foundation of South Florida)
Sheikh Khushtar Noorani (Al-Amin Center of Florida)
Imam Adrian Rajab, (Masjid Alhijra)
Imam Hasan Sabri, (Islamic Center of South Florida)
Imam Abdul Hamid Samra, (MCA of South Florida)
Nothing stated in this document by the meeting participants, medical professionals, and the South Florida Muslim Federation Inc. (Federation) officers and representatives, should be construed as legal advice. Masajid, Islamic Centers, and Islamic Schools are advised to comply with all Federal, State and local advisories, orders and regulations related to Covid – 19 and other matters.
The discussion points, comments and recommendations are as of this date and time and subject to change since the impact, state and conditions of Coronavirus outbreak is changing rapidly. Please stay tuned to new advisories and developments from the regulatory agencies and other organizations.
Our South Florida Imams had a direct call with Dr Hasan Shanawani, who is the President of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). He is a pulmonary and critical care doctor in Michigan, and now works for Medicare and Blue Cross but for the last 5 years he was a doctor consultant for the Veterans National Center for Patient Safety, which manages safety for 8 million Veterans in 150 hospitals in America. He was a vaccine delivery specialist for the Army in Kuwait and Kosovo in 1997. And he was on the IMANA ethics committee for 10 years and wrote their guidance on Islam and medical ethics 15 years ago. He is leading the effort for Fiqh Council of NA, IMANA, AMHP, ISNA and other national organizations to provide guidance to masjid in America
CLICK HERE for an important Video from Dr Hasan Shanawani.
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