Coronavirus : UMC Suspends All Activities

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

Dear UMC Community, اَلسَلامُ عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ اَللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ‎.

In accordance to the order of The Health Officer of The County of Alameda dated March 16, 2020, UMC suspends all activities, including daily prayers and Jum’ah prayers effective 12:01AM March 17, 2020. We will resume normal activity on 11:59PM April 7, 2020 or until the order is extended, rescinded, suspended, or amended by the Health Officer of The County of Alameda.

We are reminded of the hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari 901 Book 11, Hadith 25 Vol. 2, Book 13, Hadith 24:

حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي عَبْدُ الْحَمِيدِ، صَاحِبُ الزِّيَادِيِّ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ الْحَارِثِ ابْنُ عَمِّ، مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِيرِينَ قَالَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ لِمُؤَذِّنِهِ فِي يَوْمٍ مَطِيرٍ إِذَا قُلْتَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ‏.‏ فَلاَ تَقُلْ حَىَّ عَلَى الصَّلاَةِ‏.‏ قُلْ صَلُّوا فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ‏.‏ فَكَأَنَّ النَّاسَ اسْتَنْكَرُوا، قَالَ فَعَلَهُ مَنْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِنِّي، إِنَّ الْجُمُعَةَ عَزْمَةٌ، وَإِنِّي كَرِهْتُ أَنْ أُخْرِجَكُمْ، فَتَمْشُونَ فِي الطِّينِ وَالدَّحْضِ‏.‏

On a rainy day Ibn `Abbas said to his Mu’adh-dhin, “After saying, ‘Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah’ (I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)), do not say ‘Haiya ‘Alas-Salat’ (come for the prayer) but say ‘Pray in your houses’.” (The man did so). But the people disliked it. Ibn `Abbas said, “It was done by one who was much better than I (i.e. the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ). No doubt, the Jumua prayer is compulsory but I dislike to put you to task by bringing you out walking in mud and slush.”

We encourage our community to adhere with the order of The Health Officer of The County of Alameda and stay home, be safe, and help in slowing down the spread of Coronavirus infection. May Allah protect us from this calamity and make it go away quickly. Ameen.

Wassalam,

Nassr Salem Said
UMC President