COVID-19: Reopening of Mosques and it's preparation
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has swept off human lives by bringing financial and health crises upon the entire world. Therefore, most of the country has summoned the amendment of complete lockdown, where everyone has to Stay At Home in quarantine. However, recently we saw that several states and countries are declaring for the reopening of mosques based on the flattening of the curves.
Reopening of Mosques with special precautions
Keeping in mind the health safety and well-being of the worshipper's governments have stated a few strict precautionary measures for the people to follow. Let us focus on some best practices that we can implement while going to any Mosque Nearby.
- Maintain social distancing
To be safe from the attack of the novel Coronavirus the only safeguard is to maintain social distancing in the best possible ways. Though reopening of the mosque is good news for every Momin still it is our responsibility to avoid close contact with others.
- Make wudu at home
According to the Research and The development team working on COVID-19 assessment, the best chance to come in contact with the disease is gatherings. Therefore, to avoid gatherings in the Bait-ul-Khala it is better to make wudu at home before coming to the mosque for prayer.
- Carry your worship materials
Islam is always about sharing and caring and helping others is the commandment of Allah (SWT). But there are also ample references that quote the sayings of Allah (SWT) on contagious diseases and possible measures. As we all know that COVID-19 spreads rapidly if coming in contact with an infected person or touching their materials. Therefore, to avoid such deadly disease it is always a wise choice to carry your rug, caps, Tasbih, etc.
- Proper sanitisation before the entry and exit from the mosque
One of the best practices to stay safe and strong in this hard time is proper sanitisation. Make sure that you are following how to sanitize guidelines and ensuing yourself a healthy and safe worshipper. Do not forget to sanitise yourself on every entry and exit from the mosque.
- Perform only the fard’ salah the mosque
We all know how important it is to win Allah's (SWT)' satisfaction to make our way to Jannah and proving ourselves a true Muslim. But at the same time, you must protect yourself from deadly diseases. Thus, you must perform only the Fard' salah in the mosque for the time being.
Quran and Hadiths on contagious diseases
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) 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. (Sahi al-Bukhari)
’’Furthermore, when he would sneeze, our Prophet would cover his face and muffle the sneeze, effectively containing the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses. (Jami’ al-Tirmidhi)
The Holy Quran teaches, ‘’Indeed, Allah loves those who turn to Him (repenting) and he loves those who keep themselves clean and pure.’’ (Surah al-Baqarah, Ch 2: V.223).
The above-mentioned references in the Holy Quran and Hadiths teach us about physical cleanliness and social distancing.
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