SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIM FEDERATION
COUNCIL OF IMAMS
MARCH 4, 2021
(In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains alive and kicking. Since our previous recommendation (July 2020), new cases in Florida trended downwards in the fall, followed by a major surge in winter; peaking in January at nearly 20,000 new cases a day. Although vaccine distribution now seems to be improving the infection rate, daily new cases remain very high, with the U.K. variant also making a foothold in our state. At our last recommendation, Florida had crossed the 350,000 mark in confirmed cases. This number is now over 1.8 million, causing over 28 thousand deaths. With Ramadan fast approaching, circumstances mandate our community develop a plan to take advantage of all the blessings of this month, at the same time take appropriate safety measures by following best practices. We should avoid unnecessary and irresponsible behavior that can cause spikes in COVID infection rates, which can cause harm to ourselves and our loved ones. Below are our recommended guidelines for masajid this upcoming Ramadan.
We pray that Allah (SWT) gives us patience and steadfastness with the situation, and we pray that Allah allows us to witness the blessed month, and He grant us His Forgiveness.
TARAWEEH: Follow the same safety recommendations/ guidelines as Jumma’h Prayer. Specifically:
- All attendees wear masks;
- All attendees bring their own prayer rugs
- All attendees observe social distancing – maintain safe distance of 6 feet from each other; no hugging or handshaking. This must be upheld in the mosque as well as in the outside areas such as the parking lots or patios.
- Mosque Management limit attendee capacity to ensure social distancing can be safely practiced. Clearly mark the areas where congregants should stand to make this process easier.
- Taraweeh should be made shorter than usual.
- Women, children, seniors/elders (65 years or older), individuals with significant medical problems and/or those who are immunocompromised, pray at home.
- Suggested temperature checks on arrival and entrance to the mosque should be performed, especially for larger congregations.
- Anyone who is sick and/or with symptoms such as cough, fever, headache, or sore throat should not come to the mosque.
IFTAR: Community members should have iftar in their homes.
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)
Sheikh Khushtar Noorani (Al-Amin Center of Florida)
Br. Imran Ali (Masjid Al-Ihsaan)
Br. Eoonous Azeem, (Jamaat Ul Mutaqeen)
Sheikh Ali Barakat (American Islamic Center of Florida)
Sheikh Tariq Chebbi (Miami Downtown Masjid)
Br. Shakeel Hye, (Islamic Center of Weston)
Imam Mohammed Jaffer (Islamic Jafferia Association)
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)
Imam Adrian Rajab, (Masjid Alhijra)
Imam Hasan Sabri, (Islamic Center of South Florida)
Imam Abdul Hamid Samra, (MCA of South Florida)