CMRM Coronavirus (COVID-19) ADVISORY NOTICE FOUR (4)
MASJID TO REMAIN TEMPORARILY CLOSED
01 JULY 2020
In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Dispenser of Grace
This Covid-19 Advisory follows one month after Lockdown Level 3 guidelines permitted religious institutions to open up for congregational gatherings and prayer services of no more than 50 worshippers. Despite this legal permission the Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM) Board of Governors on 27 May 2020 took the solemn decision to keep the masjid temporarily closed and to review our decision monthly, based on a risk assessment and in consultation with public health experts.
The public health threat of coronavirus has worsened over the past month as lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Public health experts warn that the epidemic has well-established community transmission in the Western Cape and advise that the next 100 days are crucial in determining the impact of the pandemic on South Africa.
The number of Covid-19 cases and deaths due to complications has dramatically risen in this province and across the country. Our community mourns the loss of family, friends, colleagues seemingly on a daily basis. It is clear that no person is immune to the disease and many in the community are especially vulnerable to infection and complications.
In light of the rapidly worsening infection rates and in the interest of broader public health, the CMRM Board of Governors reaffirms its decision to keep the masjid temporarily closed. We commit to review this difficult decision considering all factors in the weeks to come.
Further, we are guided in this decision by the supreme objectives of the Sharīʿah, foremost of which is the preservation of life (ḥifẓ al-ḥayāt). The most striking of the Qur’anic proclamations that underscores the supreme sacredness of human life is verse 32 of surah al-Ma’idah, chapter 5, in which God, the Giver and Taker of Life (al-Muhyi al- Mumit), equates the saving of one human being to that of the saving of all humankind:
If anyone saves the life of a single human being, it shall be as though s/he had saved the lives of all humankind (Q5:32).
We urge all of you to stay safe and take personal responsibility to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus by following these recommendations.
Keep a Safe Distance; Wear a Face Mask; Wash Hands Regularly; Avoid Touching Your Face; Stay Home.
We encourage you to continue to nurture spiritual fortitude, to remain positive and place your trust in Allāh (wa tawakkal ʿalal-Allāh). We continue to offer prayers for all those who are suffering from ill-health, especially those afflicted by Covid-19 and we offer prayers of bereavement for those who have passed away during lockdown, especially those who succumbed to Covid-19.
Last but not least, we encourage you to constantly make du`a and pray to Allah, al-Shafi’ – the Source of All-Healing, to make it easy for us and protect us, our families, communities and indeed all of humanity from the pain of disease insha-Allah. Allahumma Amīn
ISSUED BY CMRM BOARD OF GOVERNORS