Update on Tuesday, March 17th at 10:21pm
The Islamic Center of Vallejo is temporarily closed until further notice due to the Solano County shelter at home order. For more information, read the update.
The following information is current and accurate to the best of our ability as of Saturday, March 14th at 3:14pm.
We understand that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is top of mind for everyone, so we want to update you on the steps we’re taking at the Islamic Center of Vallejo to prevent the spread and protect our community. We are closely monitoring the outbreak to ensure a coordinated approach to managing the situation, with the health and safety of everyone as our first priority.
- Stay Informed
- Suspension of Events and Activities
- Jummah (Friday prayers)
- Further Precautions
- Individual Preventative Measures
This information is subject to change as the situation develops; please check back for updates regularly. You can also subscribe to our email list to have updates delivered.
Please continue reading below for details about these summary points.
- All events and activities, including Sunday School and the Imam’s evening Quran class for kids, are suspended, except for the five daily congregational prayers and Jummah.
- The first Jummah will be from 1:30pm to 1:50pm, including the khutbah (sermon) and salah (prayer). There will be no English khutbah.
- The second Jummah will be from 2:15pm to 2:30pm, including the khutbah and salah.
- Please leave promptly after both Jummahs.
- The masjid will also be taking further precautions to minimize the spread of any infections, including extra cleaning and disinfecting.
- Please practice good hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands, and avoid shaking hands and other physical contact.
- Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own prayer rug to the masjid (mosque) to avoid transmission of any infections between people praying in the same area over time, specifically during sujud (prostration). If you don’t have a prayer rug, you can use something else as a barrier.
Suspension of Events and Activities
As of Friday, March 13th, all events and activities have been suspended, with the exception of the five daily congregational prayers and Jummah (Friday prayers) (see below for information about changes to Jummah). This includes the following:
- Sunday School will be suspended through the end of March; there will be no Sunday School on March 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
- Imam Qaisar’s Monday thru Thursday evening Quran class for kids will be suspended for the next 4 weeks, through Thursday, April 9th.
- All sister’s halaqa events, including “Reflection on the 99 Names of Allah” and “Tea Time with Touria”.
- All youth group events.
- All classes and meetings.
- The Mobile Diabetes Education Center (MOBEC) event that was scheduled for Friday, March 27th has been cancelled.
- All other events and activities, aside from the five daily congregational prayers and Jummah.
All suspensions are subject to extension based on future developments.
Jummah (Friday prayers)
In an effort to mitigate the spread of any infections, the Jummah prayers will be changing as follows:
- The first Jummah will now have no English khutbah (sermon); there will be a short Arabic khutbah followed by salah (prayer). The second Jummah has already been done this way since it was introduced several months ago and will continue as such.
- The first Jummah’s Arabic khutbah will begin at 1:30pm, as was announced when Daylight Saving Time began on March 8th; however, it will now be completely concluded, including salah, by 1:50pm.
- The second Jummah will now begin at 2:15pm and completely conclude by 2:30pm.
We ask everyone to please stay for a moment after Jummah to listen to any announcements, and then to promptly leave; please do not stay and socialize at the masjid.
The masjid will also be taking other precautions to minimize the spread of any infections. These will include:
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Making soap and hand sanitizer as available as possible at the masjid.
- Having a plan in place in the event that we learn of a case of COVID-19 in our community.
Individual Preventative Measures
We all have a responsibility to help reduce the risk of infection (by COVID-19 or the flu) at the masjid and among our community. Here are the steps we will be taking moving forward as a community:
- Practice good hygiene, including thoroughly washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and covering your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or a flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other flu-like symptoms, please don’t leave your home.
- If you believe you or a family member have been in close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19 or may be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please call your health care provider immediately. Give them a call; do not visit them in-person without notice.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms.
- Practice “social distancing” by maintaining six feet of space between yourself and others in gathering places. Do not shake hands, hug, or kiss people on the cheeks.
- Adhere to the current travel restrictions, which currently include China, South Korea, Iran, and Europe. If possible, Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own prayer rug to the masjid to avoid transmission of any infections between people praying in the same area over time, specifically during sujud (prostration). If you don’t have a prayer rug, you can use something else as a barrier.
Please follow the above guidelines. Our first priority is your health and safety. We are committed to keeping you informed and taking the necessary precautions to protect our community.
Jazakom Allah khair. May Allah protect us all.
- Saturday, March 14th at 3:14pm: Published