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March 12, 2020
In the prophetic tradition, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “No one should be harmed or inflict harm onto others” لا ضرر ولا ضرار. From the Foundational Principles of Islamic Law we learn:
“The preventing harm takes precedence over the acquisition of benefits”, (درء المفاسد مقدم على جلب المصالح). In light of these truths, the scholars have concluded that the suspension of an act of worship is permissible in order to protect worshipers and the public at large from a potential threat to their health.
In light of the most recent developments related to COVID-19, Tarbiya Institute has made the decision to temporarily suspend all in-person programs for one week. This includes Jumaa, Majlis meetings, Sunday School, Friday Night programs and other gatherings/events that require members of our community to attend in person. Our Tarbiya Institute team is working diligently to provide virtual solutions and digital alternatives for our programs including Sunday School, Majlis meetings, etc.
We at Tarbiya Institute understand the spiritual value of Jumaa and the importance of the weekly khutba. Therefore, tomorrow we will livestream a 15-20 minute spiritual talk on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube at 12:45 PM. Please note that this does not replace the Jumaa prayer. According to Islamic law, if you cannot attend Jumaa prayer you are obligated to pray the Dhuhr prayer on your own once it is due.
Tarbiya House Roseville and Tarbiya House Natomas will be closed for the next week, those who show up for prayers or otherwise scheduled activities will not be allowed to enter. Those who show up for Jumaa prayers will not be allowed to enter. This moratorium includes all daily congregational prayers. It has been proven that COVID-19 is infectious in several ways, with the virus living on surfaces, hands, and can be infectious airborne. Members of our community may be carriers with no symptoms.
Our team is closely monitoring the situation and we will continue to provide regular updates. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions, comments or concerns, and don’t hesitate to call our office at 916-800-4111 to report any Coronavirus diagnosis in your family so we can take proper measures.
May Allah protect our Ummah, protect our Institute and keep our community healthy.