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• The weekend School (closed immediately)
• No Jummah prayers held effective Immediately
• Daily congregational prayers held will be suspended effective immediately. The musallah will be LOCKED during this time.
We understand that these measures seem drastic, but we are working with community, local and state officials to be fully up-to-date on all the facts. As you are aware, a state of emergency, has been declared by the Governor and we feel we should be safe rather than sorry in this regard
Please be assured we are enacting these decisions to ensure the safety of our community.
FYI - There is a 14-day delay before symptoms are seen and we should be very cautious before we assemble in large numbers again.
It is clear from what we have seen around the world and from the measures that major organizations around this country are implementing that this is the best course of action.
From the news we know that over 200 religious congregations in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area have already shut down. Many universities, museums, Sports Arenas and places that attract large crowds have have also closed. Many mosques across the country and around the world are also pursuing similar actions
Dr.(retd) Muhammad Farooq (pres)
May Allah Subhannahu Wa Ta’aala provide us with calm hearts, good health, and strong imaan. Ameen.
We are reminded of the following ayah from the Glorious Qur'an Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us; He is our Protector. (9:51). Therefore, we must put our trust in Allah (swt), be grateful to Him, and pray for forgiveness and relief.
Allah (swt) also tells us in the Glorious Qur'an: O you who have believed, obey
Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. (4:59)
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (OWBP) said: "If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place." This is not limited to the plague' It is also not limited to another country, but could be another state, city, or community in the country other than where one resides.
In addition, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (OWBP) once directed the Mu'athin to call the Athan and say, "Pray in your homes," instead of "Come to Prayer!"
That decision was made for the sake of the people, so they would not struggle and suffer through the muddy streets during heavy rain to go to the masjid.
This also applies to diseases where an individual or a community well-being would be at risk to become sick.
You are directed to the following websites for reliable and current information on COVID-19:
Assalamu Alaikum My Dear Brothers and Sister of the Jumu’a Project, I pray this message finds you all in the best of iman and health. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication in delivering khutbahs and supporting the entire jummah project at ADAMS. Without you, this endeavor would not be possible at all. May Allah SWT reward you for all your hard work and dedication.
Inshallah, a separate message will go out to the larger community, but I wanted to explain the forthcoming decision in greater detail to you all first. For at least the next two weeks, ADAMS will be cancelling all jumu’a prayers conducted under its auspices. This is due to the ever growing and escalating threat of the coronavirus. This decision was made based on the following the considerations:
The tradition of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, ““If you hear that there is a plague in a land, do not enter it; and if it (plague) visits a land while you are therein, do not go out of it.” (Bukhari) By this tradition we learn that it is not permissible to knowingly expose ourselves and others to disease The tradition of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” (Ibn Majah) By this tradition we learn that it is not permissible to knowingly harm others, not reciprocate harm.
The legal maxim (قاعدة فقهية) that “necessity makes permissible prohibited acts.” By this we learn that situations of necessity make impermissible acts permissible.
The governor has declared a state of emergency, meaning that the virus’ rate of infection has the potential to exponentially increase. It is incumbent to obey the people in charge in matters of health and security, as they have more information than we do.
The CDC has advised cancelling or postponing all large gatherings Given all of the above, it is Islamically most appropriate and responsible to suspend jumu’a until that time that we can be sure we will not be causing harm to our congregants by holding it. In the meantime, I also wanted to share with you some initiatives in which ADAMS will be engaging in order to maintain its educational and spiritual responsibilities with its congregants:
Regular virtual teaching on Mondays and Fridays Regular virtual youth programming Educational programs are exploring virtualization Regular Imam’s office virtual communication during the COVID-19 epidemic The Imam’s Office at ADAMS understands that this is an extraordinary moment for our community, our nation, and the world at large, and we are committed to ensuring the fulfillment of the spiritual needs of our community during this time. May Allah SWT reward you all for all your efforts and protect you and your families during this time.
Imam Mohamed Magid
Executive Imam, ADAMS Center
With Allah's Name: The Merciful, The Mercy Giving
Suspending Congregational Acts of Worship Because of the CoronaVirus
Over the last few days, several institutions and mosques asked me about suspending jumar prayers due to the CoronaVirus. AMJA has an excellent paper written on the subject that offers clear advice. I encourage folks to read it. More importantly, however, I encourage people to stay in touch with their local public health providers, Imams, and fiqh councils.
That being said, I thought to share some justifications from religious texts and scholarly works for suspending large gatherings, Juma, and even the congregational prayers, during this difficult time. This is no simple matter. Years ago, in Boston, we had to suspend Juma because the state government asked us to. Decisions like this are sensitive, but I hope the logic of Islamic law on this issue is clear.
A Foundational Principle
A primary principle of Islam is that "preventing harm takes precedent over the acquisition of benefits." For that reason, alcohol and gambling are prohibited, even though Allāh recognizes their benefits:
يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ ۖ قُلْ فِيهِمَا إِثْمٌ كَبِيرٌ وَمَنَافِعُ لِلنَّاسِ وَإِثْمُهُمَا أَكْبَرُ مِن نَّفْعِهِمَا ۗ وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا يُنفِقُونَ قُلِ الْعَفْوَ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ
"They ask you about alcohol and gambling. Reply that in both is a great sin, and a benefit for people, but the sin is greater." (Quran 2:219)
The Books of Usūl al-Fiqh
In the books of Usul Al-fiqh, we find dispensation for things when there is a threat to the health and well being of people:
Imām' Izz al-Din 'Abd al-Salām explained this dispensation when he wrote,
فصل في بيان تخفيفات الشرع، وهي أنواع: منها تخفيف الإسقاط: كإسقاط الجمعات والصوم والحج والعمرة بأعذار معروفات The section on shari'a dispensations and their types. One is the dropping of an act, like congregational prayers, fasting, hajj, or 'Umra due to a shari'a approved reason." (Qawa'id al-Ahkam fi Masalih Al-Anam, Vol. 2, Pg. 9)
Thus, there are times when acts can be modified to prevent considerable, often public, harm.
Illness and the Threat of Illness
Ibn Rushd mentioned a consensus that Illness allowed people to miss congregational prayers:
أما المتفق عليهما: فالذكورة، والصحة، فلا تجب على امرأة، ولا على مريض باتفاق What scholars agree on is that gender and health determine if a person should attend prayers. Thus the consensus is that Juma is not an obligation upon women and the sick." (Bidaya al-Mujtahid wa Nahaya al-Muqtasid, Vol. 1, Pg. 224)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم excused those who were sick from attending congregational prayers:
مَنْ سَمِعَ الْمُنَادِي فَلَمْ يَمْنَعْهُ مِنَ اتِّبَاعِهِ عُذْرٌ لَمْ تُقْبَلْ مِنْهُ تِلْكَ الصَّلاةُ الَّتِي صَلاهَا" قَالُوا: مَا عُذْرُهُ ؟ قَالَ: خَوْفٌ أَوْ مَرَضٌ "Who hears the caller to prayer, but finds no excuse not to respond, his prayer that he prayers (alone) will not be accepted." The companions asked, "What is an 'excuse.'" He responded, "Fear or sickness." (Al-Sunna al-Saghir, Hadith 241.)
Fear of Potential Harm is Recognized by Islam
An axiom states,
ما اقترب الشيء يعطى حكمه
When something is near to something, it is given the latter ruling.
الظن الغالب معتبر شرعاً
A strong assumption is considered in Shari'a.
I say that because the most excellent defense against this disease is social isolation. Public health experts in China, Italy, and other parts of the world discourage large gatherings, and as of now in Italy, the entire country is under quarantine. Thus, in this situation, legitimate fear of sickness, based on the opinions of experts, should be treated as sickness, especially with such a contagious virus. This is the advice of experts in the field. It's a pandemic.
Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before congress,
"We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience as the NBA plays, so be it."
Commands & Capacity
It is well known that the orders of Allah and His messenger are conditioned on ability.
فاتقوا الله ما استطعتم
"Be dutiful to Allah as best you can." (Quran 64:16)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
وَمَا أَمَرْتُكُمْ بِهِ فَأْتُوا مِنْهُ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ "When I command you do do something, do it to your ability." (Bukhari in his Sahih and Muslim)
A Mistaken Notion
I've heard some folks contend that this is "not a big deal; I'm young, and I'll be fine." While that may be true, the danger is that a person may be asymptomatic, but he may engage with or sit next to older people, or he may even infect a younger person who has elders at home. Our approach to this virus should not be rooted in selfishness. It is going to take us as a community to defeat it, inshallah.
If You've Tested Positive
First, lots of prays and thoughts your way. I ask Allah to cure you and make this a means of your forgiveness. Second, it is not allowed for you to attend community events or congregational acts of worship.
The Fatwa Council of Iraq wrote,
"It is not allowed for a person who tests positive for the virus to attend public gatherings such as the Friday prayers and congregational prayers. He should pray at home on in isolation until he is cured."
And, The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
لا يُورَدُ مُمْرِضٌ على مُصِحٍّ
A sick person should not mix with a healthy one. (Bukhari in his Sahih collection)
Inshallah, this pandemic will continue to grow, so I suggest suspending jumu'a and large gathering as well, especially if public health officials warn against them, and of course, if local governments request the same. This answer rests on the shoulders of those two entities, as well as local Imams, local fiqh councils and leadership. It is essential to engage them and heed their advice. My hope here was to show the leeway and mercy Islam provides in this situation.
Allah knows best,
(Imam Suhail) Suhaib
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State your intention. What, where, how many, and for whom.
Allahu Akbar: Allah is the greatest
Subhanak-alla-humma Wa Bi-Hamdika:
Oh God, Glorified and Praise-Worthy. Blessed is your name, exhausted is your Majesty.
There is no deity worthy of worship except you.
Au-thu-billahi Minal-shaitan ir-Rajeem: I seek refuge in God, from the rejected Devil.
*Bismila hirrahma nirrahim: In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Al-Fatihah: Al Hamdu Lillahi rabbil Alameen
All Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Master of the Day of Judgement
You alone we worship and you alone we turn to for help
Show us in the straight path, the path of those whom you’ve favored
Not the path of those who deserve your anger
Nor the path of those who went astray, Ameen
*Bismila hir-rahman ir-rahim: In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Surah: Al-Asr, Al-Kawthar Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq, Al-Naas, Al-Maaoon
Allahu Akbar: God is the greatest
Subhana Rab-bi-yal Azim: Glory be to my Lord, the Most Great
Samiaa Allah Liman Hamidah: God listen to all those who praise God
Rab-bana Lakal Hamd: Oh Lord our Lord, all praise is for you only
Allahu Akbar: God is the greatest
Subhana Rab-bi-yal Aala: Glory be to my Lord, the Most High
Allahu Akbar: God is the greatest
Tashahhud: At-tahi-yatu Lil-lahi Was-salawatu Wat-tay-yibatu…
All payers and worship, whether through words, actions, or good deeds, are for God only
Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet, with all of God’s mercy blessings
Peace be on all of us who are God’s righteous servants
I bear witness to the fact that there is no deity by God
I bear witness that Muhammad is God’s slave and messenger
Darudi Ibrahim: Al-lahum-ma Sal-li Ala Muhammadin Wa-ala Ali Muhammadin…
O God, exalt Muhammad and his followers as you exalted Ibrahim and his followers
God You are the Most Praised, the Most Glorious
Al-lahum-ma Barik Ala Muhammadin Wa-ala Ali Muhammadin…
Oh God, bless Muhammad and his followers as you blessed Ibrahim and his followers
God You are the praised, the Glorious
Rab-bij-alni Muqimas-salati Wamin Zurri yatee…:
Oh Lord, make me and my children steadfast in prayer
Our Lord, accept the prayer, Our Lord
Forgive me and my parents and the believers on the Day of Judgment
Allahuma Ighfir-li Wali-wali Daya
Oh God, please forgive me, my parents, my teachers
and all believing and obedient men and women
You are the Most Merciful
Asalam mualikum Warah-matu-lahi Wabarra Kaatuhu:
Peace be upon you with all of God’s Mercy and Blessings
Al-Asr: Wal Asri Innal (103)
Throughout history Mankind is indeed in a state of loss
Except for those who have belief, do good deeds, seek truth, and practice patience
Al-Kawthar: Inna Aatayna (108)
Oh Prophet, indeed, we have granted you the fountain of abundance
Therefore, be grateful and offer prayer and sacrifices to God only
Indeed, it is your enemy who will be cut off from future hope
Al-Ikhlaas: Kul hoo wallahu
God is One, the Only One
God is Eternal and Absolute
God has no children, nor is he anyone’s child
And there is none like God
Al Falaq: Kul a uuzzuu be Rabbil Falaq
I seek refuge in the Lord of the Dawn
From the evil of which God created
And from the evil of Darkness as it overspreads
And from the evil of those who practice secret arts
And from the evil of the envier when he envies
Al Naas: Kul a uuzzuu be Rabbin Naas
I seek refuge in the Lord of Mankind
The King of Mankind
The God (Judge) of Mankind
From the evil of the retreating whisperer
Who whispers evil thoughts into the hearts of Jinn and mankind
And from amongst Jinn and men who do the same
Al-Maaoon Ara Aytall Laazi
Can you not see those who deny that the day of Judgement is coming
They are amongst those who chase away orphans (weak and needy) with harshness
And they are amongst those who discourage the feeding of the poor
Also be sorry for those of the worshippers amongst you who are neglectful of their prayers
And for those amongst you who offer prayer just to be seen by others
But then refuse to take care of even basic needs of their neighbors
Allah Akbar: God is great. Make intentions. (What, how many for whom & where)
Subhana-kallah-hum-ma Wa Bi-Hamdika O God, Glorified, Praise worthy.
Watabarakas-muka Wata-ala Jadduka Blessed is your name is exalted is your Majesty,
Wa-la Ilaha Ghairuk There is no deity worthy of worship except you.
Au-dhu-bil-la-hi Minashaitanir Rajim: seek refuge in God from the rejected Satan
Bismilahir Rahma-nir Rahim: In the Name of God, most Gracious Most Merciful.
Al-Fatihah: Alhamdu Lil-lahi Rab-bil Alamin All Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds.
Ar-rahma-nir Rahim Most Gracious Most Merciful.
Maliki You-mid-din Master of the Day of Judgement.
Iyya-ka Na-budu Wa-iyyaka Nastain You alone we worship and you alone we turn to for help.
Ihdi-nas-sia Tal Mustaqim Show us the straight path,
Sira Tal-ladhina An-amta Alaihim The path of those whom you’ve favored,
Ghayreel maghdoobi Ayahim Walad-dal-lin And not the path of those who deserve your anger, nor the part of those who went astray.
Bismilahir Rahma-nir Rahim: In the Name of God, Most Gracious Most Merciful.
Allahu Akbar: God is great. Subhana Rab-bi-yal Azim: Glory be to my Lord the most great.
Sami Allah Liman Hamidah: God listens to all who praise Him.
Rab-bana Lakal Hamd: Oh Lord Our Lord: All Praise is for you only.
Allahu Akbar: God is great. Subhana Rab-bi-yal Aala: Glory to my Lord, the most high. Allahu Akbar: God is great.
Tashahhud: At-tahi-yatu Lil-lahi Was-salawatu Wat-tay-yibatu
All prayers and worship through words, action, and sanctity are for you God only.
As-salamu Alaika Ay-yuhan-nabiy-yu Peace be on you O Prophet,
Warahmatul-lahi Wabarakatuh with all of Gods Mercy and His blessings.
As-salamu Alaina Waala Ibadil Peace be on all of us who are the righteous servants of God.
Ash-Hadj Al-la Ilaha Il-lal-lahu I bear witness to the fact that there is no deity but GOD and
Wa-ash-hadu An-na Muhammadan Abduhu Warasuluh I bear witness that Muhammad is God slave and messenger.
Darud Ibraheemi: Al-lahum-ma Sal-li Ala Muhammad-iw Wa Ala Ali Muhammadin
O God, exalt Muhammad his family and his followers,
Kama Sala-laita Ala Ibrahima Wa Ala Ali Ibrahima As you did exalt Ibrahim and his family and followers.
In-naka Hamidum-majeed Indeed You are the most praised, the Most Glorious.
Al-lahum-ma Barik Ala Muhammad-iw Wa Ala Ali Muhammadin…: O God, bless Muhammad and his family and his followers,
Kamabarakta Ala Ibrahima Wa Ala Ali Ibrahima As you did bless Ibrahim and his family and followers.
In-naka Hamidum-majeed You are the most praised, the most Glorious.
Rab-bij-alni Muqimas-salati Wamin Dhur-riy-yait
O Lord! Make me and my children steadfast in prayer,
Rab-baan Wataqab-bal Dua Rab-bigh Firli
Our Lord! Accept this prayer, Our Lord! Forgive me,
Wa Liwaliday-ya Walil-muminina Yauma Yaqum-ul Hisab
And my parents and the believers on the Day of Judgement.
Allahumag firli wali waalidaya.
Oh Good, Please forgive me, Forgive my parents,
Forgive my teachers
forgive all believing men and women
and forgive all obedient men and women.
You are the most Merciful of all who show Mercy
As-salamu Alaikum Wa-rahmatul-lah Wa Barakatug=hu: Peace be on you with all of Gods Mercy and blessings.
SURAH’S: Al- Asr: Wal-Asri By time,
Innal-Insaana Lafii Khusrin Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Illallaziina Aamanu Except for those who have believed
Wa-amilus-saalihaati and done righteous deeds
Wa Tawaasaw Bil-haqqi and advised each other to truth
Wa Tawaasaw Bis-sabr and advised each other to patience.
Al- Kawthar: Inna A-Taynaakal-kawsar Indeed, we have granted the fount of abundance.
Fa-salli Li-rabbika Wanhar So pray to your Lord and sacrifice to Him alone.
Inna Sahnni-aka Huwal-abtar
For he who doesn’t, will be cut off from future hope.
Al- Ikhlaas: Qui Hu-wallaahu Ahad Say: Allah is the one and only God.
Allaahus-samad Allah, upon whom all depend.
Lam Yalid Wa Lam Yuulad He doesn’t have children nor is he a child.
Salam Yakul-la-huu Kufuwan-ahad And there is none like Him.
Al- Falaq: Qui A-uuzu Bi-rabbil-falaq Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Dawn,
Min-Sherri Maa Khalaq From the evil of which He created,
Wa Min-sharri Ghaasiqin-izaa Waqab And from the evil of darkness as it overspreads,
Wa Min-sharrin-naffaa-sati Fil-uqadi And from the evil of those who practice secret arts,
Wa Min-sharri Hassidin-izaa Hasad And from the evil of an envier when he envies.
Al- Naas: Qui A-uuzu Bi Rabbin-naas Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of Mankind,
Malikin-naas The King (Ruler) of Mankind,
Ilaahin-naas The God (Judge) of Mankind,
Min-sharril-waswaasil-khan-naas From of the evil of the retreating whisperer,
Allazii Yuwas-wisu Fii Suduuin-naasi Who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,
Minal-jinnati Wan-naas Among Jinns and among Men.