Covid-19 Response Press Release
It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that all Mosques in Waltham Forest have unanimously suspended it’s congregations, namely Jumu’ah (Friday prayer) and five daily prayers.
This is in compliance with our UK government’s plea to stay at home, following the Coronavirus, COVID19 outbreak. We urge the Muslim community to respond to this call observing hygiene procedures,
already established in the Muslim tradition and also to respect social distancing guidelines to protect yourselves and to save the lives of others.
…and whoever saves the life of a person is as if he has saved the life of the whole of humankind….
Waltham Forest Council of Mosques are working around the clock on a number of fronts to urgently address pressing issues that is likely to result from this outbreak.
Firstly a streamlined Ghusl and Janazah services are being coordinated with the Waltham Forest Muslim Burial Trust (WFMBT) to allow for swift burial of Covid 19 shuhadaa (lofty status of deceased). We’re in
regular contact with our local NHS Whipps Cross Hospital and the National Muslims Burial Trust to be kept updated on the frontline situation and guided with best practice.
Secondly, we have sent out valuable resources to our cherished institutions of WFCOM Madressahs to transition onto the online world of learning and education.
Thirdly, we’re mobilising a team of local volunteers to help the elderly and vulnerable with daily essentials as well as offering our Mosque premises to the authorities for any emergency need that arises.
Finally, our member Mosques and Respective Imams (Faith Leaders) are keen on continuing their Spiritual services to the community online, especially in providing emotional support or referring to professional psychological services. We recognise the importance of the mental well being of our congregations throughout this period of uncertainty.
This crisis has brought about tremendous community spirit and a firm resolve in uniting together to help save lives, treat the deceased with utmost honour and serve the vulnerable members of our neighbourhoods.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank from the depths of our hearts the tremendous, life-saving efforts of our NHS, especially staff at Whipps Cross Hospital, during this difficult period.
These are unprecedented and very testing times for all of us, for which our Religion has given much guidance. We ask our congregations to turn to Allah, seek his forgiveness abundantly, give in charity and to supplicate daily.
May Allah shower his Mercy and protect us all.
About The Proposal
Over 4000 Signatures Recieved Collectively From Our Masjid Members
The Digital Autopsy Suite and CT Scanning service will allow for a non-invasive post-mortem option for residents of the borough and greater surrounding areas. A digital autopsy is an advanced process that utilises software and a digital CT scan of the deceased to allow an examination to be conducted, without a full invasive autopsy.
The support from the community was highlighted in the report from the Council in recognising that the new service is “strongly supported by the Muslim and Jewish faith communities in particular.”
The DAS and CT Scanner will also allow for a quicker issuing of the Death Report and consequently allowing for a speedy burial and Janazah, as Islam recommends.