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COVID-19 Guidelines

Statement from the Muslim Community of Memphis COVID-19 Task Force

CDC Guidelines Update

08/16/21

 

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكُم ورَحْمَةُ اللهِ

 

COVID cases are rising among Memphis Muslims. This, coupled with a rapidly worsening COVID burden in Memphis in general, requires that we further tighten practices at our masjids. The foundational reasons for this tightening are that our masjids should be safe for the devoted, and we want to avoid having to close our masjids.

 

The Memphis Muslim Community COVID Taskforce issues the new guidance below.

 

Requirements

 

  • All daily and jummah prayers will return to 6’ distancing among congregants.

  • Only fardh will be prayed in the masjids. Congregants should pray sunnah at home.

  • Khaatiras should be limited to 5 min.

  • Prayer attendees should depart promptly after the fardh while maintaining social distancing.

  • Attendees of daily and Juma’a prayers should be at least 12 years old.

  • Masjids will close their doors when the musallah reaches capacity during Juma’a prayers. 

  • All individuals – including the vaccinated – must wear masks.

  • Attendees should bring their own prayer rugs.

  • Individuals should self-screen: If you are ill or have been within the last 2 weeks, or if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should not come to the masjid.

  • Any person who attends a prayer and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 should inform the masjid immediately.

  • All masjid activities other than prayer should be virtual or suspended until further notice.

  • Events offering food should be ‘drive-through’ only (inclusive of funeral events).

 

Recommendations

 

  • Bathrooms are high-risk environments. Congregants are advised to make wudu at home. Keep bathrooms for emergency use only. Maintain social distancing and mask-wearing in while using bathrooms as much as possible.

  • Community members > 65 years old and the immunocompromised are discouraged from praying at the masjid.

  • Attendees are advised not to congregate outside of the masjids.

 

This Taskforce will continue to monitor local and regional trends. Future easing or tightening of these guidelines will be issued in accordance with the community COVID burden. Procedures for pre-school and daycare are being developed.

 

Please protect yourself and others. Getting vaccinated will save you from severe COVID illness. Mask indoors, avoid gatherings, and keep distanced from others outside of your home. If you develop symptoms, get tested and quarantine. If you are positive, remain under strict quarantine for at least 10 days.

All Islamic Centers in the Memphis Area support this position:

  • Masjid Al-Mu'minun

  • Masjid Al-Muslimeen

  • Masjid Al-Noor

  • Masjid Ar-Rahman

  • Masjid As-Salam

  • Masjid At-Taqwa

  • Memphis Islamic Center

  • Midtown Mosque

 

If you still hesitate to be vaccinated, leaders at each masjid can connect you with medical professional to discuss your concerns. Vaccines are safe, and they are free. In addition to Muslim community vaccination drives, vaccines can be accessed using the links below.

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