Canberra Masjid – Containing the Spread of COVID–19

Updated: 24 Rajab 1441 AH / 19 March 2020

Assalamu’Alaikum Brothers and Sisters,

In light of the religious scholarly guidance and health advice received, the Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT) urges all Canberra Masjid attendees to observe certain precautionary measures. Compliance with these simple, yet important measures is sought to in sha Allah help contain the spread of coronavirus and other communicable diseases as we enter the flu season.

ISACT has been working closely with the Communicable Diseases Centre within the ACT Health Directorate’s Health Protection Service amongst others to ensure we make the most appropriate decisions.

The following measures apply specifically for Jumu’ah salah (Friday prayers) until further notice:

  • Given the latest developments, Jumu’ah will now be held with a total of only 100 people permitted inside the Masjid’s main hall, with the remaining to pray outdoors up to a limit of 500.
  • The elderly, the sick, sisters & children are urged to assess their circumstances and reconsider attending Jumu’ah due to the risk of transmission and as a crowd control measure.
  • The khutbahs will be short to minimise exposure.
  • Strictly no stalls will be permitted.
  • Please do not crowd in groups after the salah is finished – you may be asked to disperse.
  • Please cooperate with the brothers in charge of crowd control and other logistics, as the implementation of the stipulated measures is paramount for everyone’s safety and well-being.

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

  • Exercise good hand and respiratory hygiene including thorough and frequent washing of hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing – face masks may assist.
  • Avoid shaking of hands or hugging, and conveying a verbal salam is sufficient.
  • Use toilets and make wudhu at home – perform 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 children are not required to attend the Masjid – sisters’ salah is more meritorious at home!
  • The elderly and the sick, particularly those with low immunity are at the highest health risk of infection, and hence not religiously obligated to attend the regular prayers at the Masjid.
  • Consider bringing your own prayer mat.
  • Those with 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.
  • Practice social distancing where possible – please avoid crowding as you may be asked to disperse.
  • Sunday School has been suspended until further notice, and so have school visits to the Masjid.
  • Keep up-to-date through the ACT Health website www.health.act.gov.au and Department of Health website www.health.gov.au, and observe the health advice and directives.
  • The Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080.

Stay tuned here on isact.org.au for any latest developments. If anyone is able to assist us in any way with logistical support and community welfare, we would love to hear from you.

Most importantly, let’s do our part and leave the rest to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Let’s repent for our sins and make abundant adhkar and du’aa’, seeking Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala’s cure and protection from all diseases and harm. Allaah is ash-Shaafee the Curer and al-Qadeer the One who has Power over all things. It is He ‘Azzawajal alone whom we worship and fear and it is He alone whom we ask for help in this time of calamity.

Jazakumullahu khayran

Executive Committee – Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT)

Sisters Only Classes

Thursday 6pm: Qur’aan – Tajweed and Recitation

Friday after Maghrib: Qur’aan – Tajweed and Recitation

Saturday 10am: Qur’aan – Study of Translation and Tafseer

Authorised by the Islamic Society of Australian Capital Territory (ISACT).

Canberra Masjid School – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Classes at the Canberra Masjid School run on Sundays have been suspended until further notice following the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a precautionary measure as the attending of Sunday School is a non-obligatory activity from an Islamic perspective. Parents will be advised in sha Allah when the school reopens.

Alhamdulillah, the Canberra Masjid School has had a great start with excellent support from the teachers and parents who have been very engaged.

The school has over 100 registered students, and has been running on Sundays from 11am to the end of Dhuhr salaah.

Registrations are still open, but with only very limited spots available to allow for quality education. The school is open for all children aged between 6 and 15 years.

You can register your children by:

Eid-ul-Adha 1440H on SUNDAY, 11 August 2019

On behalf of the Imams Council of ACT, Imam Adama Konda has announced that since the Day of Arafah will fall on Saturday, 10 August 2019, Eid-ul-Adha will Inshallah be on SUNDAY, 11 August 2019.

Salat-ul-Eid at the Canberra Mosque will be at 7:30am for an 8:00am start. Eid Mubarak.

How to Perform Hajj

On Friday, 12 July 2019, after Isha, the Imam will Inshallah be delivering a presentation on Hajj.  Whether or not you are intending to perform Hajj this year, or whichever group or travel agency you might be going with, ALL are invited to this presentation:

Hajj & Umrah

  • Are you performing Hajj this Year ?!?
  • Do you want to know more about Hajj ?!?
  • Do you have questions or concerns ?!?

Friday, 12 July 2018, after Isha (7:15pm) at Masjid Canberra

Daily Classes

We have an updated program of activities that are being run at the Canberra Masjid AFTER MAGHRIB:

Thursday: Study of Saheeh al-Bukharee by Br Anas

Saturday: Qur’aan Memorisation by Br ‘Ali Omar (brothers only) – all ages

Tuesday: Various ‘Aqeedah and Fiqh topics by Br Anas

Wednesday: Learn Arabic as a Language by Sh Abu Mouss’ ab

EVERYDAY AFTER FAJR & ‘ISHA’: Ahadeeth, Q&As, Tafseer and daily reminders.

No registration is necessary and the classes may be joined at any time. For further details, please contact any member of the Executive Committee (see Contact Us page).

Authorised and organised by the Islamic Society of Australian Capital Territory (ISACT).

Daily Salaat-ul-Jama’ah (congregational prayer) Times

As at 29 Nov

MAGHRIB – 5 minutes after time
‘ISHAA’ – 10 minutes after time
FAJR – 4.50am
DHUHR – 1.15pm
‘ASR – 5.15pm
JUMU’AH – khutbah at 1pm sharp

See prayer timetables on the right on the page for times and other details. Jama’ah is led by appointed imams/brothers.

Jama’ah times endorsed by Islamic Society of ACT (ISACT).

Eid-ul-Fitr 1440 AH – Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Imams Council of ACT (Imam Mohammed Swaiti, Imam Nourredine Laraibi and Imam Adama Konda) have met after Maghrib today at the Canberra Mosque and have declared that Eid-ul-Fitr 1440 AH will be Wednesday, 5 June 2019, Inshallah. Salat-ul-Eid at Canberra Mosque will be at 7:30am for an 8:00am start. Eid Mubarak.

‘Eid-ul-Fitr 1440AH salaah arrangements 4 or 5 June

*** ‘Eid date TBA pending announcement by Imams Council of ACT on Mon 3 June after Maghrib ***

The’ Eid day will be either Tue (4 June) or Wed (5 June), subject to the announcement by the Imams Council of ACT.  Irrespective of the day, the ‘Eid Salaah at Masjid Canberra will inShaa’Allaah start at 8:00am SHARP.  If you wish to attend the ‘Eid Salaah here at Masjid Canberra, plan to be here at 7:30am to ensure you do not miss the start of the Salaah.

‘Eid-ul-Fitr 1440AH celebrations – 9 June 2019

‘Eid-ul-Fitr 1440AH celebrations will inShaa’Allaah again be held at Masjid Canberra (130 Empire Cct Yarralumla – starting 11am) this year on Sun 9 June 2019.

VOLUNTEERS ARE KINDLY SOUGHT TO ASSIST PLEASE. ANY DONATIONS AND OTHER OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE ARE MOST WELCOME.

Please contact on 0417272041, or any of the Society Executive Committee members.