Restricted Opening of Masjid Bilal
وَإِنْ يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ وَإِنْ يَمْسَسْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
If Allah causes you harm, there is no one to remove it except He Himself; and if He causes you good, then He is powerful over everything. [Al-An’aam, v. 17]
عن صهيب رضى الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “ عَجَبًا لأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لأَحَدٍ إِلاَّ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ ”
Sayyiduna Suhaib رضى الله عنه reports that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except for a believer. If he has an occasion to feel delighted, he is grateful (to Allah), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he is afflicted with some trouble and is patient, there is a good for him in it.” [Saheeh Muslim, hadith 2999]
It is part of our faith that health and illness is only from Allah. Only Allah has the power to bless a person with good health and to cause illness. Numerous Qur’an verses and prophetic statements point to this fact. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ also advised his followers to adopt precautionary measures in order to maintain one’s own health and to avoid causing harm to others, “Do not cause harm or reciprocate harm.” [Sunan Ibn Majah, hadith 2341]
We ask everyone to continue beseeching to Allah for good health, elimination of this pandemic, 100% opening of all the masaajid around the world and cure for those who are ill.
Every person that attends Masjid Bilal is required to adhere to the guidelines below. These guidelines have been prepared for the safety of all attendees (musallis), yet Masjid Bilal cannot guarantee each attendees safety from COVID – 19 or any other health risk. Every person that attends Masjid Bilal will do so at their own risk. Masjid Bilal Muslim Association will not be held liable for any form of complication arising due to visiting the masjid, now or in the future. Every person attending Masjid Bilal will respect the designated masjid volunteers and follow their instructions. The volunteers have the authorization to deny entry into the building due to noncompliance.
- There will be multiple Jumu’ah salats. Pre-registration is mandatory.
- Jumu’ah salat is only wajib (obligatory) on every sane, healthy, resident (non-traveller), male, adult. If Jumu’ah salat is not wajib on someone, then please perform Zuhr at home.
- In the current situation it is discouraged for people to assemble in a private residence for Jumu’ah salat. If anyone is unable to perform their Jumu’ah salat, they can pray Zuhr.
- People waiting outside must practice physical distancing as is being done outside the grocery stores and banks.
- Children under 13 years of age are unfortunately, not permitted to attend the masjid at this time.
- The elderly (age 60+) and vulnerable should exercise extreme caution and consult their doctor and family in deciding if they should attend the masjid.
- All non-congregational salats should be prayed at home.
- Everyone will be required to practice physical distancing in the masjid, before, during and after salat. Physical distancing is also to be maintained at points of entry and exit.
- There will be no access to wudhu area and washrooms. Please come with wudhu.
- It is mandatory that people wear a face mask or covering when in public indoor places, especially when it is difficult to maintain a two metre (six feet) distance from others.
- Bring your own prayer mat.
- Maintain excellent hand hygiene at all times.
- No loitering inside or anywhere on masjid property after prayer.
- If anyone has any symptoms of COVID – 19 eg. fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc. or have returned from travel within the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay at home.
Everyone is expected to strictly follow the above noted guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees. These guidelines may change without notice.
Last updated on January, 07, 2021.