COVID-19

COVID-19 INFORMATION

JUMMAH UPDATE:

New Jummah Prayer Hall from Friday – 4 December 2020
After continued negotiations with Colchester Council, they have kindly agreed to give us permission to use Abbey Field Centre (adjacent Abbey Field Medical Centre) for us to pray Jummah every Friday, Alhamdullillah.

The first Jamaat will start at 12:20pm and the second will be 1:00pm,  We have a capacity of up to 75 worshippers per session, InshAllah subject to the following conditions:

  • We must fully comply with Covid 19 guidance.  We need to comply with the *Track and Trace * system to keep records of every participant each week with a strict booking system in place. We have created an identification card for each person, you must bring this with you when attending.  If you need a card, please come to Jummah where we will take your details and create a card for you.
  • We must maintain a 2 metre safe distance from each other with a maximum of 75 worshippers per session
  • Must wear a mask at all times including while praying – you will not be allowed to pray without mask
  • You must bring your own prayer mats from home and keep shoes inside a carrier bag
  • You must attend with Wadu
  • Wash your hand with sanitizers provided from the mosque
  • You must not be in high risk category or have anyone at home who is high risk
  • You or anyone you’re living with must have no symptoms of Covid 19
  • You must cooperate with our volunteers
  • Do not shake hands or embrace each other
  • You must leave within 5 minutes of Fard prayers
  • Entry and exit will be different and we will allow entry once first session has been vacated – you must follow this procedure
  • Please wait a few metres away from Jamaat area and from each other until you are guided to join the second session
  • Do not make noise or speak loud as a precautionary measure for Covid-19
  • Temperature checks will be available before entry InshaAllah to make it safe for all including volunteers
  • Parking at the Abbey Field Medical Centre is strictly forbidden. Entrance through  Circular Road South only.
 
The prayer license will be taken away if we do not observe the above conditions. 
 

UPDATE:

From Saturday 4 July 2020 the mosque will be open for worship with limited access.  Due to the ongoing building works, we are unable to re-open the Mosque fully, however, will open a small room for the 5 times daily prayers.  This room can accommodate a maximum of 12 people who must maintain the government social distancing recommendations.

Therefore, we request all to wear a face mask at all times while at the Mosque, request that Whudu is done at home and to bring your own prayer mats.  The Mosque will be open 10 minutes before the Fardh prayers and will remain open 5 minutes after the Fardh.

In respect of Jummah, we will try and book Colchester Firstsite when they are open to public gatherings.

Please ensure you follow the guidance below:

In accordance with the UK government announcement on Monday 23 March 2020 the Mosque has been closed until further notice.  We must follow the UK government orders to ensure the safety of our worshippers, families and the community as a whole.  We pray that Allah cures the world of this disease so that our lives can get back to normal and we may all come and pray in the Mosque once again.

Please check this website together with our Facebook and YouTube pages for updates, talks and bayaans.  

We have daily Adhaan on our Facebook page.

We know this is a difficult period for all and we are all getting used to not being able to worship in the Mosque.  This may be the first time many of us will not attend Jummah and the Mosque but this is for the best for all people, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike.  If we adhere to the expert advice and recommendations inshallah we will be able to visit the Mosque sooner rather than later. 

We should also be aware that such precautions were also advised in Islam and by the Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ).

Please see below relevant hadiths for us to consider during this time:

QUARANTINE is a Prophetic ﷺ advice:

“Run away from the leper (the one with contagious ailment) as you would run away from a lion.” (Bukhari Volume 7, Book 71, Number 608)

SOCIAL DISTANCING is a Prophetic ﷺ command:

“Those with contagious diseases should be kept away from those who are healthy.” Bukhaari (6771) and Muslim (2221)

TRAVEL BAN is a Prophetic ﷺ teaching: 

“Do not enter a land where the plague (contagious ailment) has broken out ; don’t leave from where it has broken out” Bukhaari (5739) and Muslim (2219) 

DON’T HARM OTHERS, if you have symptoms:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Do not cause harm or return harm.” Sunan Ibn Mājah (2340)

STAYING HOME is a Prophetic ﷺ teaching:

“Those who stay at home to protect themselves and others are under the protection of Allah.” Musnad Ahmed, Saheeh

If necessary, HOUSE IS A MASJID:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The entire earth has been made a Masjid, except graveyards and washrooms.” Tirmidhi (al-Salaah, 291)

THERE IS A CURE; patience is the virtue:

The Prophet ﷺ said “There is no disease that Allah sent without sending for it a cure.“ Bukhari (Volume 7, Book 71, Number 582)

Let’s TREAT; ALLAH WILL CURE:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Every disease has a cure. If a cure is applied to the disease, it is relieved by the permission of Allah.” Muslim (2204)

FACE MASKING is a Prophetic ﷺ teaching:

Prophet (ﷺ) while sneezing, would cover his face with his hand or with his garment,” Abu Dawud; Tirmidhi (Book 43, Hadith 2969), Sahih

WASH HANDS every time you enter home:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Cleanliness is half of faith.” Muslim (223)

HOME QUARANTINE is a Prophetic ﷺ advice:

“The plague (contagion) patient who remains in his home with patience and expectation of reward, knowing that nothing will befall him other than Allah’s decree will attain the reward or a martyr“ Musnad Aḥmad, Sahih
also Bukhaari (2829) and Muslim (1914)

Alhamdulilah – To appreciate the hard work of local NHS staff  and Ambulance staff  of Colchester General Hospital the following takeaway and  restaurants have committed free food and huge discount for NHS staff. May Allah give abundance of reward for them and their family here and hereafter – Ameen

Alishan Tandoori Takeaway & Restaurant.

Will be offering 20 packs of free food daily. They are also offering 50% discount on food order (online order only) with the proof of NHS ID

Alishan Tandoori Takeaway Restaurant
19 Osborne St, Colchester, CO2 7DP
T: 01206564009
www.alishantandooicolchester.com

Ashiana Tandoori Takeaway Restaurant

Will be offering 20 packs of free food (Sunday –Thursday). They are also offering 20% discount on food order (online order only) with the proof of NHS ID 

Ashiana Tandoori Takeaway Restaurant
181 Magdalen St, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2JX
T: 01206570533
www.ashianatandoorionline.co.uk

The Spice of India Takeaway

Will be offering 20 packs of free food on Sunday. They are also offering 50% discount on food order with the proof of NHS ID.

The Spice of India Takeaway (Indian, Vegan, Halal)
23B London Road, Stanway, CO3 0NR
T: 01206543355

https://thespiceofindiaonline.co.uk/

Indian Village

Will be offering 20 packs of free food every week. They are also offering 30% discount on food order with the proof of NHS ID

Indian Village
319 Harwich Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3HR
T: 01206870108
www.indianvillagetakeaway.com

Jhaal Indian Restaurant & Takeaway

Will be offering 30 packs of free food every day (Sunday to Thursday). They are also offering 20% discount on food order with the proof of NHS ID

Jhaal Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
101 London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1EB
Tel: 01206 215 789/788 (ask for Mash)
https://jhaal.co.uk

Sonali Indian Takeaway

Will be offering 20 packs of free food once a week, every week.  They are also offering a 40% discount on food with the proof of NHS ID

Sonali Indian Takeaway
22 East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QX
Tel: 01206 867000
http://www.sonaliindian.com/

Queens Tandoori

Will be offering 20 packs of free food every week and 10% discount for NHS staff (excluding Friday/Saturday). NB: Will be closed from 3rd week  of April

Queens Tandoori
5 Queens Road, West Bergholt, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3HE
T: 01206243339 (Ask for Shahab Uddin)
www.queenstandoori.com

Kebab Express

They are offering 50 lunch boxes on Monday burger, chips and drink fee to NHS staff. They will also offer 10% discount anytime to all NHS staff with proof of their ID

Kebab Express
20 Hunwicke Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3XZ
T: 07944784264 (Ask for Ala Uddin or Jamil Hussain)
www.kebabexpresscolchester.co.uk

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