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2020.03.12 public service announcement regarding the coronavirus

posted Mar 13, 2020, 1:24 AM by Shereen El-Kadi

Please be advised of the following, which is consistent with the teaching of our great religion and the sunnah of our beloved prophet SWS.:

·         Any person experiencing a fever, dry cough, cold or flu like symptoms must avoid congregational prayers including Jumu’ah (Friday Prayers).

·         Anyone who has traveled and returned from any of the areas that have had exposure to the coronavirus, nationally or internationally, must avoid all gatherings inside and on the grounds of our Masjid as well as in other public areas.  

·         Although not mandated, we strongly encourage our sisters and children to stay home and not attend congregational prayers, especially Jumu’ah, as they get the same reward praying at home as they would coming to the Masjid. This will greatly help to protect their families and our community.

·         Jumu’ah khutba (sermon) and prayers will be shortened to 20 minutes or less. Please be on time as we will start at 1PM and finish by 1:20 PM.

·         Youth gatherings, women and men classes and Sunday School will be canceled until further notice.

·         You may, if you wish, bring your own prayer rug for your peace of mind.

·         We are strongly advising against handshakes, hugs and any form of direct contact while at the Masjid. Please be mindful of others and do not extend your hand first as this action results in people feeling they have a religious obligation to respond in kind. Similarly, please do not be embarrassed or feel obligated to put yourself in harm’s way.

The Muslim Association of Hawaii’s Volunteer Administration will escort out anyone with visible symptoms in an effort to protect others in attendance. Hence, we kindly urge anyone with said symptoms to stay at home in order to be obedient to Allah and to avoid any embracement or uncomfortable interactions.

We encourage the Muslim community to stay informed. For more information or questions about COVID-19, you are welcome to:

·  Call 2-1-1 from any location in the state. The current extended hours are 7 AM – 10 PM 7 days a week

·  Text 877-275-6569

·  Email info211@auw.org

·  Visit health.hawaii.gov/covid19 or coronavirus.gov  


DOH advises people who think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their healthcare provider in advance of going to a medical facility.

·  Tell your provider about your symptoms and any recent travel. Healthcare providers will discuss any possible cases of COVID-19 with DOH to determine if testing is needed.

·  Consider utilizing tele-health services, if available.

·  Avoid traveling or leaving home if you are sick, except for visiting your doctor after contacting them in advance.

Seniors are at a greater risk for COVID-19, especially those who have underlying health conditions. Older adults and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid non-essential travel, including cruises. Neighbor Island residents with scheduled medical treatment or follow-up care on Oahu should consult with their doctors. Seniors should avoid large crowds, wash their hands often, and keep medications and groceries on-hand.

In addition to the above information, everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory illness with these everyday actions:

·  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (20 seconds is a lot longer than you think, so use a timer the first time you do this to get a better idea of how long 20 seconds actually is).

·  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·  Stay home when you are sick.

·  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

·  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

·  CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19.

·  Prepare for the possibility that people may want to stay home or may be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of illness.

o If you have daily medication needs, have more than a week’s supply on hand and have as much on hand as your insurance will allow you to have.

o Not everyone can afford to stock up on supplies or has the space to store them, but anything you can arrange in advance means one less inconvenience or one less trip to the store while you are sick.

o Make family plans for the possibility of school or day care closures. Do some contingency planning in advance at the family level.

·  Sign up for public notifications at health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates.


Jazakum Allah Kheir for your anticipated cooperation.