This guide is designed to help UK mosque leaders carefully plan and decide when and how to reopen, ahead of the expected easing of restrictions on places of worship for congregational prayer, whilst maintaining the safety and wellbeing of their communities. It is a non-exhaustive list of considerations based on feedback received to date, and should be interpreted according to your local community needs and context.
When Muslims across the world closed their mosques in response to the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, we realised that this was one of the most difficult decisions we would have to take. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There is no wisdom equal to good planning.” In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful
Several months on with lockdown restrictions easing, the new challenge of how to re-open mosques safely is proving to be not any easier. Alhumdulillah, there are literally dozens of different plans being drawn up across the world. We have attempted to bring together the best features of these plans in a simple 9-point plan. This also draws on feedback we have received from mosque leaders across the country through surveys, feedback webinars and one-to-one conversations during May and early June 2020, and is an updated version of the initial discussion guidelines issued in mid-May. It is important to note that the points within this document are suggestion, and should be interpreted in the context of the local situation of each mosque and with reference to local scholars and medical professionals. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There is no wisdom equal to good planning” (Mishkat). We pray that this planning combined with the very real unity that we have seen across the community will be rewarded by Allah by allowing us to emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.
9 Step Plan for Mosque Re-Opening Step
1: Plan to Decide
Step 2: Plan the Space
Step 3: Plan the Equipment
Step 4: Plan the Staff and Volunteers
Step 5: Prepare the Community
Step 6: Plan the Pre-Prayer
Step 7: Plan the Prayer
Step 8: Plan the Post-Prayer
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