Addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Quick Tips

  1. Covid-19 is a global pandemic and should be taken seriously
  2. Wash your hands! Or use hand sanitizer 
  3. Do NOT take Hydroxychloroquine or Azithromycin without speaking with a doctor first. They have serious side effects.
  4. If you are sick, stay home* and stay away from others until you are fever free (<100.4F) for MORE than 24 hours 
  5. The virus can last on surfaces for as long as 9 days. This includes the prayer mats in the masjid.
  6. Do NOT go to the Emergency Department for Covid-19 testing if you are NOT actively ill AND you have a known exposure or significant risk of Covid-19 exposure — instead go to a testing site to avoid spreading the virus to sick/immunocompromised patients in the hospital: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
  7. Why You Must Act Now https://covidactnow.org/

*we understand the socioeconomic status of millions of Americans and appreciate that this will be very difficult for people who need to work.

Resources for healthcare workers

Health Related Statements

A statement regarding the Coronavirus by Dr. Anam Tariq, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.

“COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Summary”

Understandably, community members have concerns regarding congregational activities during this time. It is reasonable and appropriate for Islamic centers and schools to consider the following IMANA recommendations:

Full Statement  

Rulings on Daily and Weekly Congregational Prayers during Coronavirus Pandemic

https://imana.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FIQH-Corona-Virus-statement.pdf

Trusted Sources

Spiritual Advice

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Sh. Omar Suleiman delivers a special lecture on the Amwas plague, the first plague to claim the lives of hundreds of Sahaba and thousands of people in the 7th century. He highlights lessons we can learn from that time period and offers some spiritual gems that are relevant to us today.

Sh. Omar Suleiman is the Founder of Yaqeen Institute (https://yaqeeninstitute.org), a nonprofit research institute that works to provide free and accessible content as a resource to those who seek it. They aim to address relevant topics head-on with the help of the foremost experts in this space.  They actively participate in the current day discourse touching on all topics that are related to establishing conviction in the hearts and minds of Muslims, and battling the false notions that underlie Islamophobia and extremism.

Webinars/Podcasts

Some things you can do to continue to elevate your spiritual well-being:

  • Remember Allah every morning and evening through making Athkar (collection of prayers given to us from the Sunnah)
  • Have full conviction that Allah is the most powerful and He is in control of everything
  • Train your heart to remember Allah before your tongue does
  • Show Allah in your supplication that you care about His creation, and make supplications not just for yourself and family but for all humanity
  • Ask for protection from the owner of protection.

As we put our trust in Allah and ask for protection, always make sure to do Your part as well and remember to wash your hands.

“One day the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it.

He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?”
The Bedouin answered, “I placed my trust in Allah.”

At that, the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Tie your camel and place your trust in Allah” (Tirmidhi)

Repeat the following dua’ as much as you can each day:

(بسم الله الذي لا يضرُّ مع اسمه شيءٌ في الأرض ولا في السماء وهو السميع العليم)

(In the name of Allah with Whose Name nothing on earth or in the heaven harms, and He is the All-Seeing, All-Knowing)

Our Prophet mentioned that whomsoever says this three times every morning and evening then he or she would not be harmed by anything for the day.
O Allah, the controller of all that is existing, protect us, our families, and all of humanity from harm that we know of and that of which we do not know.

Ameen

Dr. Anam Tariq
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health

Department of Epidemiology