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COVID-19- Support for Seniors & Guidance for Community

18 Mar 2020

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Corona Virus (COVID-19) - Support for Seniors & Guidance for the Community

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

"We send down the Qur'an that which is healing and mercy for the believers"
Qur'an - Al-Isra 17:82

 
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Salaam Alaikum

We hope this email finds you well, InshaAllah.
 

Passing on this message fromThe Shia Muslim Council in support for seniors and guidance for the community around the COVID-19 situation.
 

Supporting our Seniors
The onset of COVID-19 in Southern California requires each of us to make sure that less able are taken care of, including our neighbors, Seniors and those suffering from compromised immune systems.

A group of SoCal Youth have embarked on develop a telephone list of volunteers across the region  who would be willing to assist those in need with grocery shopping and other essentials. If you are able to support this cause, please sign up on our COVID-19 Volunteer List. You can also join the Whatsapp GroupPlease support this cause as there are many who need our help.

If you are a senior and require help, we have been passed this information that you can contact for support.  If you want to volunteers, please use the link above.

Orange County:
Fatima: 949 466 4022
Shokooh: 949 426 9700
Vahideh: 714 595 5953
Yasmin:  310 706 8587

Corona/Riverside:
Zahra: 714 457 2105
Sanaa: 951 496 2837

San Fernando and Simi Valley:
Faria: 609 917 5816
Jamilah: 818 442 8848

West LA:
Ziba: 805 304 2521

Pasadena Area:
Shahrokh: 626 304 2521 

Guidance for the Muslim Community
Imamia Medics International, Shia Muslim Council and other the above reputable Muslim organization are strongly recommending the Muslim community to take precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infection.

We are making these recommendations after careful shared discussions, review of the current medical literature including CDC/WHO updates, and discussion with our local and international scholars/ulema. The medical recommendations are shared by the CDC/WHO and with specialists within the USA across a wide spectrum of locations and specialties. All are in agreement with these measures for the benefit and protection of us all.

Protecting human life is one of the fundamental objectives of Islamic jurisprudence. At times, preservation of human life is far more significant than continuity of even essential practices of devotion.

The Prophet (SAWW) and Ahlul-Bayt gave us specific guidelines to navigate threats to the community such as epidemics. Quarantine, social distancing, travel bans, and restriction of visitations and congregation are necessary preventive measures in the time of a pandemic. Threat to life and self-preservation is a genuine Islamic reason to forgo some of the fundamental Islamic actions and rituals.

Leading Maraaji (grand jurists) such as the offices of Ayatullahs Sistani and Khamenei have reminded believers to abide by the guidelines of local health authorities and medical experts in these times of global pandemics.

According to the office of his eminence, Sayyid Ali Husayni Sistani regarding daily jamaat and Friday prayers: “Wherever such a gathering has been prohibited in order to prevent the spread of the aforementioned [Coronavirus] virus, the prohibition must be taken seriously. If there is no prohibition, then there is no problem [in attending such a gathering] as long as the health guidelines are observed. Of course, if someone fears that as a result of attending he may become infected by the virus and suffer significant harm, or it may lead to his death, then that person must avoid attending.”

The global coronavirus pandemic (also known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) is a serious threat to public health. It has the potential to spread rapidly and impact large populations if proper measures are not taken. For vulnerable individuals: the elderly (age 60+), or those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, heart disease, lung disease, immunocompromised state, this disease can be potentially life-threatening.

From both an Islamic and public health perspective, it is reasonable for the community to take aggressive measures temporarily to reduce transmission of the virus, including:

  • Consider canceling daily congregational and Jummah prayers at the masjid based on the risk of COVID-19 infection in your community. O fficials of Islamic centers, in conjunction with the health experts of the community, should monitor the risk level in their local areas and make informed decisions about continuing events.
  • The deceased from COVID-19 infection should receive the Ghusl-e-Mayyit. The people performing the ghusl should utilize the same personal protective measures as those who are nursing patients with COVID-19 infection (this includes wearing an N95 facial mask, eye protection, gloves, and a plastic gown, proper handwashing after removal of the PPE and disinfection of ghusl site following the ghusl is necessary).
  • Canceling “Sunday school” or halaqas
  • Limiting meetings in favor of utilizing web conferencing
  • Canceling conferences and social gatherings, even at home Social distancing is one of the key concepts to reduce the spread of this potentially deadly disease, and hence, we advise individuals to observe the following measures to contain the spread of the virus:
  • Those who are sick with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath must avoid going to crowded public places.
  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use of hand sanitizers with minimum 60% isopropyl alcohol is an acceptable alternative when handwashing is not possible.
  • Always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. It is best to use a tissue, which should be discarded immediately afterwards and wash hands immediately. If a tissue is not available, cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or scarf rather than your hand when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone even if they do not have cold or flu-like symptoms. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is recommended. Do not shake hands, embrace, or kiss others even with those who do not appear ill.
  • Minimize direct contact with items that are touched by many people, such as doors and door handles, especially in public bathrooms.
  • Carry sanitary wipes to clean any door knobs or handles one may come across and your personal cell phones.
  • Islamic centers that continue their programs and events should constantly remind their participants of the precautionary protocol to protect themselves and others against the spread of this virus. However, please av oid bringing those who are the most vulnerable such as elderly people (60 years+) and those with underlying chronic
  • medical conditions.
  • Masjids, when open, should take extra precautions, ensuring that soap is available at the sinks, sanitizer is available. Masjid should be frequently cleaned and disinfected especially areas of worship, tasbih, and sajdah. It may be preferable for attendees to bring their own personal tasbih and sajdah during the outbreak.
  • Avoid travel to any region or country which has a high prevalence of COVID-19 infection (China, S. Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran). Religious sites such as Karbala, Najaf in Iraq, Mashhad and Qom in Iran should be avoided temporarily. Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia have already implemented a temporary restriction on Umrah visas.

We are reminded of trials and tribulations from Allah (SWT) and must continuously pray to Him for safety and protection from all illness, for guidance to follow His way, and for success in this life and the next. The Qur’an quoted Prophet Ibrahim (p) as saying, “ It is He who created me and He will guide me. It is He who gives me food and drink and heals me when I am sick. He will cause me to die and will bring me back to life. ” [The Holy Quran 26:78–81].

Besides all these precautions and treatments, do not forget supplication to God, the Exalted, for He says, “ Your Lord has said, ‘Call Me, and I will hear you! ’” [The Quran 40:60]

For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Center for Disease Control website, www.cdc.gov . Further guidance will be provided with updated information, as this is an evolving situation.


With Salaams & Duas,

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