Canberra Masjid – Rabi’ al-Thani Update

 25 Rabi’ al-Thani 1442 AH / 10 December 2020

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Alhamdulillah, the Canberra Masjid continues to be open for all prayers. With the restrictions being progressively relaxed, please be reminded that some restrictions continue to be in place for the holding of Jumu’ah salah (Friday congregational prayers) in particular.

To allow an increased capacity of worshippers inside the Masjid for Jumu’ah salah specifically, the following measures as outlined in the Canberra Masjid COVID safety plan must be adhered to until further notice:

  • Jumu’ah will start at 1pm sharp with an increased maximum of 150 worshippers permitted inside the Masjid main hall.
  • The door will be closed once the capacity is reached inside, though the outdoor areas will continue to be available as required in compliance with the safety plan.
  • Strictly no stalls are permitted.
  • Please do not crowd in groups after the salah is finished – you may be asked to disperse.
  • Please observe and respect the Imam’s instructions on religious matters whilst at the Masjid.
  • Please cooperate with the brothers in charge of crowd control and other logistics, as the implementation of the stipulated measures is paramount to everyone’s safety and well-being.
  • We genuinely apologise in advance to those whom we are unable to accommodate for due to these restrictions.

The following general precautionary measures must be adhered to all times whilst attending the Masjid:

  • The Masjid is open for the five daily congregational prayers as per details on isact.org.au.
  • The courtyard and/or the outdoor shade of the Masjid will continue to be accessible at all times.
  • No more than 150 worshippers are permitted inside the Masjid main hall at any given time.
  • The main hall may be inaccessible at times of the day when no authorised person is available to monitor safety and compliance, or for security reasons.
  • Physical distancing and hygiene measures are to be observed whilst at the Masjid where possible.
  • Exercise good hand and respiratory hygiene including thorough and frequent washing of hands.
  • Hand sanitisers and anti-bacterial hand washes are abundantly available for use.
  • Please cover your mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing.
  • High touch areas continue to be cleaned/sanitised frequently.
  • Please refrain from using the Masjid toilets and instead make wudu’ (ablotion) at home – perform wudu’ at the Masjid only if necessary.
  • Pray Fard (obligatory) salah at the Masjid, and non-obligatory salah at home – this is the Sunnah!
  • Sisters and young children are permitted to attend the Masjid but encouraged to pray at home – sisters’ salah is more meritorious at home!
  • Those who are sick and/or have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath must pursue medical assistance and cease attending the Masjid immediately due to the undue risk to other attendees.
  • Attendees with flu-like symptoms may be asked to leave the Masjid immediately.
  • There are some face masks available at the Masjid upon request if required.

Registering your attendance

  • Registering your attendance is still optional but highly recommended.
  • You can now register your attendance through the Check In CBR app by hovering the phone over the QR code displayed at the entry gates.
  • You may be ask to show a successful Check In CBR app screen prior to accessing the main hall.
  • The scanned details within the app are directly sent to ACT Health.
  • The physical sign-in visitor book continues to be available at the entry gates as an alternative to the phone app.

We humbly seek your co-operation and understanding in the administration of the above arrangements. Please note that the we are not liable for any consequences resulting from defiance of the above instructions. We also apologise in advance for any inconvenience, disappointment and unintended mistakes on our part. Please keep safe and observe all appropriate health precautions, and continue to keep in touch via isact.org.au for the latest developments.

Jazakumullahu khayran

Executive Committee – Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT)

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