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July 23, 2020
Dear community members. The Alabama Department of Health has a color coded chart the categorizes the risk level of COVID19 for each County. Jefferson County is coded as a VERY HIGH RISK County.
Below is the Alabama Department of Health Guidelines for Very High Risk Counties
Always wear face coverings in public.
Stay at home if at all possible. Avoid non-essential travel.
Avoid in-person visits with people outside your household, if possible.
Avoid groups of any size, if possible, with people outside of your household.
Avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities.
As a result of the above, our Masajid will continue to be closed due the very high risk level involved and gatherings.
BIS board advises all community members to exercise extreme caution when leaving the home, and asks that people stay home if all possible.
Friday, July 17, 2020
AssalamuAlaikum dear community members,
The increase in COVID-19 cases continues to make it difficult for us to consider reopening our masajid. According to the CDC and the top infectious disease expert for the country, and our local experts, the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the country has tripled and went from 20,000 new cases daily in May to 60,000 new cases daily in June. The last seven days, Alabama has over 12,000 new cases.
These are very concerning statistics and continue to pose serious risks to our community members. We realize and totally understand the frustration that some of our community members may have with respect to keeping the masajid closed for the time being. We are also frustrated with the entire situation. We must remain vigilant in our approach in keeping each and every member of our community safe. BIS is strongly encouraging everyone to follow all safety guidelines and stay safe.
May Allah protect us all from any harm. We pray to Allah SWT to end this pandemic so we can get back to our Masajid soon InshaAllah.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Assalamu Alaikum BIS community,
The surge in coronavirus cases in Alabama and elsewhere most recently continues to impose a serious challenge on us, and forces us to keep our Masajid closed at this time and until further notice.
While these decisions are never easy to make as we all miss our Masajid dearly, but we continue to be very concerned about the safety of each and everyone of our community members.
With that being said, this communication serves as the stand that BIS currently takes and will remain in effect until it is determined safe for us to hold our prayers in congregation in the Masajid.
We ask Allah SWT to protect us all from any harm. Please continue to take extra precautions during this difficult time. May Allah bless you all and may Allah reward you for your patience.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Assalamu Alaikum BIS community,
The Birmingham Islamic Society leadership is continuing to explore our options With respect to the masjid reopening and what we can do to help preserve the safety of all of our community members.
We continue to be severely concerned about new Coronavirus cases in our state.
With that said, no date has been set yet as to when we may reopen the Masajid.
We will continue to monitor the developments in Covid19 and will provide weekly updates through this weekly email channel.
Jazakum Allah Khairan for your understanding and patience. Please continue to be vigilant in keeping you and your families safe!
Assalamu Alaikum our Dear Community Members,
We, the BIS Board, pray to Allah that this email reaches you and you are in the best health.
We thank Allah SWT for giving us the strength to stand firm during this difficult time. Your BIS Board is committed, and with the help of Allah SWT stands close to each and everyone of you during this difficult time. We are in this together. If you need anything regardless of what it is, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to support you all the way, InshaAllah. Please stay safe!!
The following message is from your Imam, Sheikh Sameh Asal.
Respected Brothers and Sisters,
Our Prophet (PBUH) said, “One who stays home during a pandemic while patient, pursuing the reward of Allah, knowing that nothing afflicts him but what Allah has decreed for him will be given the reward equal of that of a martyr.”
Our faith in Allah, reliance on Him, patience and prayers, along with taking precautions, are our tools to face such a hardship.
Dear Community Members,
BIS is continuing to monitor the Coronavirus situation and at this time our Masajid remain closed. The following is a new mandate that just came out today that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons including limitations on social distancing. Please see below.
Effective immediately, all gatherings of 10 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited until further notice. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events, or activities that bring 10 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.
For full details on the full document, please click the link below.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Your feedback can be made through the BISAPP.
From the BIS Board:
Sunday March 15, 2020
To ensure the safety of our community members and due to the rise in Coronavirus positive cases reported, BIS is suspending ALL Masajid activities to include performing the 5 daily prayers at the Masajid. BIS is encouraging community members to refrain from holding social gatherings and to perform daily prayers at home.
All the Masajid will be locked until further notice
- BIS will continue to monitor the situation and continue to consult with health professionals for further guidance.
- BIS office will be open from 10am-2pm Monday through Friday unless posted otherwise.
- Red Crescent Clinic is closed until further notice.
Your cooperation will ensure our safety during this difficult time. This message supersedes all prior messages issued by BIS. We ask Allah SWT to protect us all and to guide us to make the best decisions for our community
From the BIS board:
The following BIS functions remain on schedule as normal :
- The daily prayers in congregation at all Masajid. Please sanitize before entering the Musallah.
The following BIS functions have been suspended effective Friday March 13, 2020 until further notice
- Jumah prayers at All Masajid
- Weekend Islamic School
- All weekly lectures at all BIS locations.
- All youth activities including sports activities
For assistance please reach us at the following phone numbers.
Dear community members,
Following the latest developments of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, BIS board has decided to cancel ALL Jummah prayers today, March 13, 2020 until further notice. More communication to follow.
Dear community members,
Due to the speed of spread of CORONAVIRUS, BIS is asking that all individuals who have flu type symptoms or coughs as well as ALL individuals who are over 60 years of age not to come to Jummah prayers tomorrow, March 13, 2020. It is extremely important that this directive is followed.
All individuals who are coming to Jummah tomorrow, must stop by the restroom and wash or sanitize their hands before entering the Musallah even if you have wudu.
Your cooperation is critical and expected.
Assalamu Alaikum dear community members,
BIS leadership team is continuing to track the development of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on daily lives.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, declared the outbreak a pandemic. The number of coronavirus cases around the world totaled more than 100,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S. alone, more than 1,000 cases have been confirmed.
BIS is asking when coming to the masjid to please sanitize your hands before entering the masjid. Please make sure to do this for you and all the members of your family. BIS is also asking that if anyone has any fever to please refrain from coming to the masjid and to please get checked by a health professional as soon as possible. Please sanitize and/or wash your hands after touching anything outside before you return back to your home.
Keeping our facilities clean and sanitized reduces the risk of spreading any virus in our facilities.
Also, due to the continued threat of the coronavirus, BIS is canceling all activities that involve community social gatherings until further notice.
We will continue with our normal daily prayers, jummah prayers, weekly lectures and weekend school schedules as normal.
Updates will be provided as we continue to monitor the virus spread developments.
We ask Allah SWT to protect us all from any harm!