Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatahu Community Members,

After consultation with our esteemed scholars and other professionals, the Management of Masjid Al-Baqi has decided that NO congregational Salah (Prayers with Jamaat) will take place in the Masjid starting 7:00 am tomorrow March 23rd, 2020 until further notice. There will also be NO Jummah Salah until further notice. The congregants will have limited access to the premises after Asr time every day. We pray to Allah (SWT) to protect our families, our community, our neighbors and all the people of this world, Aameen.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at info@masjidalbaqi.com or at (516) 433 4141. Please stay home & be safe.

Masjid Al-Baqi Management
(Muslims on Long Island, Inc.)


March 19th, 2020

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatahu Community Members,

In response to the Emergency Declarations issued by NY Governor Cuomo and Nassau County executive Laura Curran issuing ban on gatherings over 50 people, we are taking this unprecedented measure at Masjid Al-Baqi of NOT hosting the Jummah Prayers this Friday, March 20th, 2020. We do not take this decision lightly but have made this decision by evaluating several factors such as; the safety and well being of our community, size of our facilities, logistical challenges related to crowd management and possible legal issues that may arise. We will reevaluate the situation each week in accordance with directives from the Government and advice from religious and healthcare officials.

Our recommendation is that congregants make alternative arrangements to pray in smaller groups. We hope and pray to Allah (SWT) that this unprecedented measure is temporary and the current situation may end soon. As of now the Masjid will remain open for all other five time salahs.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at info@masjidalbaqi.com or at (516) 433 4141. Please be safe.

Masjid Al-Baqi Management
(Muslims on Long Island, Inc.)





Islamic Perspective on Pandemics

Quarantine
The Prophet SAW encouraged quarantine: “Do not put a sick one (animal) with a healthy one (animal)” (Sahih al-Bukhari) “If you hear that a plague has hit a land, do not go to it; if it breaks out in a land where you are present, do not leave” (Bukhari)
 
Hygiene & Disinfecting
The Prophetic practice which Muslims are recommended to follow are full of hygienic practices:
 
a. Washing hands upon awakening
b. Performing ablution and washing five times a day for prayers.
c. Washing before/after eating
d. covering mouth sneezing
 
Not sharing essential and hygiene items
Ibn Hajar advised against sharing items that are commonly used during an outbreak to prevent the spread of the outbreak. (Fath al-Bari)
  
Researching vaccines
The Prophet SAW told us:
“There is a remedy for every malady, and when the remedy is applied to the disease it is cured with the permission of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious.” (Sahih Muslim)
  
Constant Duaa/Prayer
Make constant dua to Allah SWT.



*Excerpts taken from an email from ICLI (Islamic Center of Long Island) for community guidelines

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