Statement from LSMA regarding #COVID-19 pandemic

22 March 2020

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Lenasia South Muslim Association “LSMA

The Imaams and LSMA committee members hereby notifies the general public of the temporary closure of the Masaajid under the LSMA banner (Masjid Taqwa, Masjid Uthmaan Ghani and Masjid Abu Bakr). In this regard all congregational prayers will be temporary suspended in the various masaajid until further notice.

This was a very difficult decision for the organisation, however with reference to the notices issued by the Jamiat-ul-Ulama SA and guidance received from medical representatives as well as bearing in mind the safety and well being of our community/musalli’s we believe that there is no suitable alternative at this stage. The decision is based on guidance from our beautiful deen.

The LSMA further cautions the general public to avoid unnecessary social interactions. In this regard, visits to restaurants , malls , supermarkets should be limited

The following should be noted:
•Azaan will continue to be called out with instruction to read salaah at home (the words Al Salatu Fi Buyutikum) will be included in the Azaan.
•The Imams and Muaddhins of the various masaajid will ensure that the five daily prayers will continue to take place (i.e only imam and muaddhin will perform Salaah in the musjid) – Insha Allah
•The temporary suspension includes the Jummuah Salaah. A separate Guideline will be provided on how to perform Jummuah Salaah outside of the masjid
•the temporary suspension will commence from Esha Salaah (22 March 2020)

We request our community members and the broader public to increase Istigfaar (Seeking forgiveness from Allah), Zikr, Dua & Tilaawat of the Quraan and where possible perform Jamaat in your home with your immediate family members.
جزاكم الله خيرا

On behalf of the LSMA
Mohammed Maiter
Secretary – LSMA

Pls forward to all relevant groups in the area