Coronavirus/COVID-19 Upates

Dear Community Members Asalam O Allekum,

In consideration of the public safety and containment of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the MALV board members met with the Lehigh County Health Department which has jurisdiction over our masjid. The CDC, PA Department of Health and the Lehigh County Health Department updated information on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and the summary recommendations of global healthcare experts. The experts and authorities strongly recommended aggressive and immediate proactive measures to be taken in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

These measures included a suspension of the five daily and Friday congregational prayers, as well as cancellations of all teaching and social programs and activities of the Masjids until further notice.

Our Imam and EC reviewed and discussed all currently available information both nationally and locally within the Lehigh Valley. Based on guidance and evidence from The Qur’an and Sunnah and in order to preserve the life and the well-being of the community, our religious leadership agreed on the permissibility of suspending daily congregational and Friday prayers during a pandemic.

Therefore, effective TOMORROW Tuesday, March 17th (starting with Fajr prayer), MALV will be suspending the five daily and Friday congregational prayers. In other words, Isha prayer on Monday, March 16th, was the last prayer offered at MALV until further notice. The suspension also covers all regularly scheduled khatiras, classes, and other daily/weekly programs as previously announced.

The suspension also covers all regularly scheduled khatiras, classes, and other daily/weekly programs as previously announced.

Our Imam Basheer and EC are working on scheduling live (remote) broadcasting of nightly/weekly halaqas and are also available for consultation and religious advice via telephone.

All community members are being asked to practice extreme social distancing in day-to-day activities, especially non-essential ones, in order to stop the growing trajectory of COVID-19. We ask Allah, the Lord of the worlds, to protect each and every one of us and to protect and preserve our community and the nation.

MALV Executive Committee

Coronavirus-Update

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