The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. Which is why we must take COVID-19 seriously, and we have to work individually and as a community to protect ourselves, our families and our community. Social distancing has been cited as the key practice recommended to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
ISGKC management is continually monitoring the situation in the Kansas City area and are in touch with all the area Islamic centers. Last night we reviewed the most recent information available and had a joint meeting with community leaders and health officials to discuss how to proceed. Below are the steps we are taking at this time:
- Jumaa and 5 times prayers are suspended until further notice.
- All other activities such as Story Time, Quran Academy, Adult and youth lectures, Youth retreat, KCMYL youth activities, ..etc. are suspended until further notice.
If you are coming to the masjid for daily Salat, please consider the following:
- Wash Your Hands – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before and after Salah.
- Cover Your Cough and Sneeze – Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in the trash can and wash your hands.
- Sick with Fever or Cough – if you have a fever or cough and have recently traveled or have been in contact with someone with known coronavirus stay at home and call your physician.
- Avoid / Limit Physical Contact – Avoid physical contact at the Masjid e.g. handshakes, hugs etc.
- Bring Your Own Prayer mat – Pray and sit on your own prayer mat during and afterwards go home and wash it.
- Essential Individuals Only – Individuals for whom Jumu’ah/Salah in the masjid is not obligatory, such as weak, sick, women, children, travelers should avoid coming to the masjid.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone updated InshAllah. If you want to learn more about the virus, please visit the CDC LINK.
We ask Allah (SWT) to help us and keep everyone safe.