Opening of ICEC Battersea during Third National Lockdown

“The most beloved of places to Allah are the mosques, and the most hated of places to Allah are the markets.”
[Muslim]

Assalam Alaikum

Dear Community Members,

Alhamdulillah, the Government has allowed Mosque’s and other places of worship to remain open during the third  National Lockdown.

However, in view of the fact that we have a new strand of the virus, which is spreading at an alarming rate. We have a greater responsibility to ensure that we strictly comply with all the guidelines set out by the government. So that our actions do not harm others. For yours and our staff safety and to satisfy government guidelines we have adopted the following practices and procedures: 

  • Each Musalli is required to have with them a prayer matt, be wearing a FACE MASK and be in a state of purification( as wudu and toilet facilities at the Mosque are closed).
  • Those that are exempt from wearing a Face Mask due to an underlying health condition, are asked to pray at home. If they wish to attend the Mosque, then they are required to wear a Face Mask as we have only one metre social distancing within the Mosque.
  • Half an Hour before congregational prayer time, the mosque will open to allow Mussali’s into the Mosque one at a time.
  • Any Mussali having a high temperature or cold like symptons will be refused entry to the Mosque.
  • At the start of the congregational prayer the Mosque door will be closed.
  • After the congregational prayer, the Mussali’s will be asked to pray any Sunnah prayers at home and be directed to leave the Mosque one by one.
  • Quran’s and any other books in the halls are not to be touched.
  • Microphones, Radiators and any metals parts are not to be touched.
  • Avoid talking with each other whilst in the Mosque.

JUMUA’H PRAYERS:

Due to limited spaces, there will be three Jumua’h held.

1st   Jumua’h Khutba start time at   12.30 PM

2nd Jumua’h Khutba start time at   13.00 PM

3rd  Jumua’h Khutba start time at   13.30 PM

Only those that have booked their place in advance will be guaranteed entry to the prayer’s.

You will be required to be at the Mosque Half an hour before prayer time and have a prayer matt, face mask and be in a state of purification( as wudu and toilet facilities are closed). The Mosque door will be closed 5 minutes before the prayer time and If you arrive after this time, you will not be guaranteed a place.

To book your place please send a WhatsAPP text message to ICEC Battersea  Mobile Number 0 78 98 07 11 78, providing your name and your desired Jumua’h Khutba start time. If a place is available, you will then be sent a confirmation text.

To ensure you receive further updates from us, please save 0 78 98 07 11 78 on your contacts as ICEC. We send out Mosque update messages via WhatsAPP broadcast. This message will only be delivered to your phone if our number 07898 071178 is saved on your contacts.

MADRASAH:

The Madrasah will close for face to face sessions but all children will be provided online sessions.

For those who require any assistance, then please email us on: [email protected]icecbattersea.org.uk or call us on 020 72284267 or 07898 071178.

We are sure, you will appreciate that this is a very difficult time for all the Community. It is a time, where we need to support and watch out for each other.

If, you are one of those who will be yearning to see the Mosque operating normally, then be patient and remember the words of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) who said:

“There are seven whom God will shade in His shade on the day on which there is no shade except His shade [including] a man whose heart is attached to the mosque when he leaves it until he returns to it….
[Bukhari]

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