ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّٰهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
We’d like to announce that ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ the masjid is open on a very limited basis. We’re open for all 5 daily prayers and for Jum’ah prayer.
We do, however, have rules that we have established in order to ensure that the masjid can remain open. Please follow all the rules below when coming to the masjid:
1. The first rule is that if you’re sick or have symptoms of any sickness, DO NOT come to the masjid.
We cannot emphasize this enough and we expect everyone to adhere to this. Following this rule is one of the key, in addition to the grace of Allah, why we’re able to keep the masjid open for everyone. Rasulullah ﷺ is reported to have said “No sick camel should be brought to a healthy camel” (Sahih Muslim 2221). Following sahih hadith is undoubtedly the best action for all of us. So please, if you have any symptom of sickness, don’t come to masjid.
2. Please keep social distancing.
Please spent as little time as possible in the masjid. Come, offer your prayer, then leave. While in the masjid, please keep social distance and start to make shaf only when the fard prayers about to begin.
3. Face covering is required.
There’s a lot of studies done where face covering does reduce the risk of infection. So please, for the sake of yourself, your brothers in Islam, their wifes, kids, and family members, please wear mask all the time.
4. We highly recommend that you bring your own prayer rug.
This will ensure added efforts of us not to contract the disease as each one of us will be praying and making sujud (سُجود) on own rugs.
5. If you were around someone diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home away from others for at least 14 days.
The sprit of the hadith in sahih Muslim 2221 is to not spread the sickness to the healthy. You yourself may not be sick. But you may be carrying the virus that may infect and cause your brothers in Islam sickness which he may carry home and infect his wife and children.
If you’re in this situation, self-quarantine yourself and/or get yourself tested. If you’re tested negative, then feel free to resume coming to the masjid. We ask you to please adhere to the rules that we have outlined above.
In addition to keeping us safe by your following the rules above, we also do our best to keep the masjid clean. We wipe common areas with Clorox wipes or similar disinfectant. We also have put hand sanitizers at convenient locations in the masjid.
In the end, we are reminded of a hadith narated by Annas ibn Malik that a man asked “O Messenger of Allah! Shall I tie it and rely(upon Allah), or leave it loose and rely(upon Allah)?” Rasulullah ﷺ said: “Tie it and rely(upon Allah).” (At-Tirmidhi Vol. 4, Book 11, Hadith 2517)
We are also reminded of the story of Umar ibn Khattab رضي الله عنه when he was set out for Syria and got as far as Sargh. He was told that a plague had broken out in Syria. So Umar made an announcement: “I am returning in the morning, so return as well.” When he was asked “Are you fleeing from the decree of Allah?” he replied “Yes. We are fleeing from the decree of Allah to the decree of Allah”. (Sahih Bukhari 5729)
We put our trust in Allah and rely on Him alone for protection. However, we have come up with the rules as part of our effort in “tying up our camels“. In the end, all we can do is to put our efforts and leave the result to Allah ﷻ.
May Allah keep all of us healthy, and let this plague pass quickly and always keep us in His protection, His mercy and His straight path.
San Leandro Islamic Center President.