“Whoever saves the life of one person, it shall be as if he saved mankind entirely” (Quran 5:32)
STATEMENT FROM CANTERBURY MUSLIM CULTURAL CENTRE AND CANTERBURY MOSQUE
Assalamo Alikom dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are taking into consideration the recent statement from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) on Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 and the latest announcement from the Prime Minister detailing a timetable for a partial lifting of lockdown measures.
The measures deal with the COVID-19 pandemic that has already cost over 34,000 lives in our country. The Prime Minister announced it is unlikely that places of worship will be reopening before 4 July 2020. It is clear from both the MCB and the Prime Minister’s announcement that maintaining social distancing, preserving lives and supporting the NHS is a high priority.
The Chairman, the Executive Committee, the members of the board of Trustees and the acting Imams of the Mosque held a meeting last week to discuss the announcements from MCB and the Prime Minister on Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.
Our decision highlights the Islamic teaching of saving and protecting lives as a high priority over gatherings and celebrations.
There will be NO EID PRAYER at the mosque or outside it, and there will be no gathering or any other activity at the mosque till further notice.
We strongly advise all our congregation to follow the health authorities’ rules about avoidance of gatherings, and we urge you all to celebrate with your own family only.
Please DO NOT invite friends or extended family to celebrate with you. The infection risk of the pandemic from gatherings remains high.
We are very thankful to our congregation who have observed the strict lockdown rules for preserving lives and supporting our nation’s Key Workers, especially the NHS.
Celebrate Eid and end of fasting with your family at home. Be generous with them as this is the Prophet’s (SWA) Sunnah.
Wear clean or new clothes and pray with them Eid Salah.
If this Eid we can not celebrate with our friends and families, we can use social media meeting tools to Virtually celebrate with them.
May Allah reward us all for our patience and care for others health, and may he grant us once again to meet soon to celebrate our Eid together inshallah.
Canterbury Mosque will broadcast this week through social media how we can pray Eid Salah at home so please keep in touch with the Mosque’s website & social media sites for further details in the coming few days.
Canterbury Muslim Cultural Centre – Canterbury Mosque
25th Ramadan 1441- 18th May 2020