Jummu'ah Prayers And All Weekend Activities Cancelled At ISD
Asslaamu Alaykum Dear Respected Brothers and Sisters
Today, the Governor of Delaware John Carney has declared a state of emergency due to coronavirus. In addition to that news, we were notified by the Delaware Division of Public Health that three additional members of UD's Newark campus community – two graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher – have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. All three had close contact at an off-campus social event in February with the faculty member who tested positive on Wednesday. All four individuals are receiving appropriate medical care in a quarantined environment, and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is working with the University to track students, faculty and staff who were in contact with the individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus. Members of our community who may have had close contact with them will be notified and evaluated by DPH.
Regardless of whom you have been in contact with, anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath should self-quarantine and seek immediate medical care.
We realize that this news may be distressing as the number of cases in Delaware (and nationwide) continues to increase. Please know that ISD leadership team is meeting continually to evaluate this changing situation in order to make decisions that are informed by guidance from our Imam (Sheikh Abdel Hadi) and our state and national health officials. All of our decisions are focused on the health and safety of our community members and volunteers.
With a heavy heart, we support the decision to cancel tomorrow’s (March 13th) Jumuah prayer to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly within our community. >
In addition, please note the additional actions we have taken below:
The following events scheduled at ISD Masjid Ibrahim for this weekend (March 14th and 15th) have been cancelled:
- Adult Arabic Classes
- Saturday School
- Sunday School
- QAD (Saturday and Sunday)
- Living Islam Class for New Muslims on Saturday (we will reschedule later InShaa'Allah)
The Coronavirus Awareness Workshop to be hosted by Dr. Shahnawaz Khan will NOT be an in person event. It will be livestreamed at the ISD Facebook Page so the entire community can benefit
In addition to daily cleaning, we have added regular surface sanitization
We are making arrangements for deep cleaning for all carpets this weekend
Please check our website and Facebook page for other important updates from us as they become available.
Please also note some of the tips we have included below. May Allah SWT reward you all for all your efforts and protect you and your families during this time.