<Previous announcements/policies: December 30th, 2021>
Due to the widespread infection rate of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, CIMIC has adopted the following new rules, effective immediately:
- If you don’t feel well, please stay home.
- If you were exposed to someone who was exposed or tested positive, please do not enter the Masjid
Fully Vaccinated: Must show proof of at least two vaccinations at the Masjid entrance; (Illinois APP is acceptable).
Unvaccinated: Must be tested negative within the last two days & provide proof. (Illinois APP or SHIELD APP is acceptable).
- All must wear masks properly, including children.
- Follow social distance between unrelated individuals.
- Bring your own prayer rug; we need to minimize the cost of paper & pollution.
- The Imam & those who lead prayers are required to make all prayers as short as possible.
- Wudu & bathroom areas are limited in the Masjid.
- Brothers & Sisters must leave the Masjid soon after prayers.
- All other activities related to the Masjid must be approved and limited to online only.
These guidelines & requirements will be reassessed at a later date based on local conditions
Imam Ousmane’s message:
As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
With the recent surge of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the Omicron variant suspected to be highly contagious, the Masjid has taken new measures to ensure that the community is safe.
The Prophet peace be upon him has taught us to always be mindful of the most vulnerable amongst us. These actions are taken to lower the risk of infections in our community and especially amongst our elderly and those of us who have underlying health conditions.
Though we certainly have faith that none but what Allah has decreed could happen to us, as Muslims we are required to always be cautious. It is better to be safe than sorry. By implementing these new measures, we are following the command of Allah in the Quran:
“O’ you who have believed! Take your precautions, then go forth in companies, or go forth all together” (Quran 4:71)
We are also abiding by the teaching of the Prophet Peace be upon him who said: “By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the sanctity of the believer is greater before Allah than the sanctity of the Ka’ba.”
Please abide by the new measures and help preserve the safety and good health of all. Please also get vaccinated and protect your family members, your neighbors, and your friends. “Certainly, with hardship comes ease!” [Quran 94:6].
Hand sanitizers are available in the Masjid, please use them regularly.
All are still encouraged to make wudu at home.
Praying outside the Masjid is always available at any time.
Note: These guidelines are subject to change based on the CDC and CUPHD guidance, CIMIC team will continue to consult and update as needed. This has been a long phase-wise approach based on ‘safety first’ for our community
Jazaak Allah Khair to all community members for helping in this effort by following the guidelines and keeping our brothers, sisters, and children safe.
Thank you for your cooperation, may Allah bless you all