This is a unified message from your masaajid – please do not ignore.
Luton Mosques have been liaising with Luton Borough Council, Luton and Dunstable Hospital and our local Public Health teams for the last fortnight in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. We are acutely aware that the Muslim community is disproportionately at risk from the virus because of the higher numbers of individuals with long term health conditions and prevalence of multi-generational families.
We have taken guidance from our esteemed scholars, medical practitioners and government guidance to form the following recommendations:
- Prayer is our greatest weapon against fear, panic and despair. Turn back to Allah Almighty, give in charity, serve others and be considerate of their needs. Life and death are in the hands of Allah, and the Prophet (ﷺ ) said, “He who dies of plague is a martyr.” [Al-Bukhari 5733]
- Everyone should practice social distancing procedures in order to prevent the spread of the virus, avoiding crowds, travel and refraining from touching one another, unless absolutely necessary. All those able to work from home should do so.
- Everyone should stay at home unless they need to get essential supplies such as food and medicines. There are sufficient supplies for everyone so only buy what you need for the coming fortnight so that others don’t miss out.
- Take action to prevent the virus spreading by maintaining hand and personal hygiene through regular washing with soap. Refrain from touching your face as this can significantly increase the risk of infection. The video at the bottom of this page explains the reasons for this and how the significant danger posed by coronavirus.
We are in regular contact with Luton Borough Council in regards to funeral prayers, washing of the deceased and to ensure local plans around excess deaths meet faith requirements. Both MPs have been contacted and urged to vote tomorrow on the amendment to Schedule 27 on Coronavirus Bill 19-21 for statutory protection for Muslim and Jewish burials. We are continuing to liaise with authorities on the ‘Managing Excess Death’ processes, guidance and preparing briefings for families that may lose loved ones to Covid-19.
The latest guidance from Luton Borough Council is published at https://www.luton.gov.uk/Health_and_social_care/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx
We are also invited as faith and community contacts on weekly Covid-19 briefings from the local Public Health leads.
Luton and Dunstable Hospital have advised that you should NOT go to the hospital if you have either a high temperature, a dry continuous cough, or if anyone you live with is displaying these symptoms. Rather, use the 111 online service or call 111 if you need to speak to someone. The best support you can give to the hospital is to stay healthy so that vital resources can be directed to those most in need and the health service and staff are not overwhelmed.