1. Advice for Mosques and Madrasas

23 November UDPATE – From Wednesday 2nd December, places of worship in England will be able to re-open for congregational worship. This applies across all three tiers, but with slight differences on who worshippers can interact with – see graphic below.  Click here for full UK Government COVID-19 Winter Plan. Further details, including the impact on madrasas, is expected to be published this Thursday.

Currently since 5 November, in England, only mosques that are able to comply with ‘individual prayer’ rules can legally remain open to the public for worship. Click here to read concerns that MCB and many others have raised about these rules and which we continue to lobby to be reviewed.

In addition, please see the guidance below which has been produced to help mosque leaders decide whether to trial operating with the new ‘individual prayer’ rules or to temporarily close.

  • Template display posters reminding worshippers to pray as individuals ONLY to comply with the law, can be downloaded (PPT/WORD) by clicking on the links below (with thanks to Palmers Green Mosque)
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Impact on Madrasas

  • For madrasas, unless they are running for specific purposes as defined by DfE (Department for Education), madrasas require to suspend face-to-face lessons. See DfE website here for details.
  • The Association of Muslim Supplementary Schools (AMSS) has produced the below guidance poster and the following PDF guide explaining the new rules as well.

Impact of University Prayer Rooms

Guidance for university prayer rooms has been produced by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS). See below for further details.

UPDATE 17 September – New Template Khutbah: Download this template Friday Sermon (Khutbah) on a 2nd COVID-19 Wave and Keeping Our Families Protected (PDF)

Not in England? Click here for latest guidance for places of worship in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

See resources below for MCB guidance specifically for mosques and Islamic centres to be COVID19 secure.

Toolkit: Dealing with a Positive COVID-19 Case in your Building

For many mosques, having to deal with a positive COVID-19 case within the congregation can be daunting. The MCB produced a toolkit on how best to manage this.

Face masks – In England, face coverings/masks are now mandatory to wear in places of worship from 8th August except for those with valid exemptions. MCB/BIMA guidance (see 9-Step guide below) already strongly recommends for mosques to ask worshippers, staff and volunteers to wear face coverings/masks. Click here to download a summary graphic on face coverings/masks.

Documents: 9-Step Guide to Re-opening Mosques Safely

In June 2020, the MCB issued a 9-step guidance pack for the safe and phased reopening of mosques for congregational worship, in line with public health regulations. 

Download additional PDF resources and posters from the guide, including:

  1. Template High Level Risk Assessment (Editable Word Version)
  2. Example Communication Plan (PDF)
  3. List of Key Decisions for Re-opening Mosques (PDF)
  4. 5-steps for screening at mosque entrance (PDF)
  5. Poster: Should I pray in the mosque? (PDF)
  6. Poster: What to do if an attendees develops COVID-19 symptoms (PDF)
  7. Poster: Plan the prayer space ensuring correct 2m gaps (PDF)
  8. Printable Signage (PDF)
  9. Mosque Re-opening Checklist (WORD)
  10. Suite of other open access templates also available here
  11. Poster: Face Coverings – Advice for Mosques & Worshippers (JPG) 
  12. MCB Toolkit: Dealing with a Positive COVID-19 Case in your Building (PDF)
  13. GDPR Guidance for Places of Worship (PDF)
  14. Got an idea for a resource? Email us on [email protected]!

With thanks to the Muslim Council of Wales, Muslim Council of Scotland and British Islamic Medical Association for supporting with collating this guide.

Click Here for a one-page summary of the 9-step guidelines (JPG). This guidance is also available in Arabic, Gujarati, Somali, Yoruba, TamilTurkish and Bangla, with more translations being added soon. 

Documents: 12-Steps to Re-opening Supplementary Schools (Madrasas)

In England, Madrasas are able to re-open as long as they have protective measures in place, as outlined here. For more information on children attending out-of-school settings, click here

The Lancashire Council of Mosques has produced guidance which can be referred to as a good starting point when planning re-opening. See the 12 steps summary to re-opening madrasas below.

And click here to read the full madrasa reopening guidance which can be downloaded here (PDF).

Do I have to keep a register of attendees?

It is currently strongly advised by UK Government for venue managers to keep a register of attendees for 21 days to support the NHS Track & Trace service. Click here to read more. On 24th September, the NHS Covid-19 app launched which gives attendees an alternative way to ‘check-in’ to your venue. Click here to read MCB’s FAQs on the App.

Click here for a guidance note on collection of personal details at places of worship for NHS Test and Trace Service, provided by the Amanah Project by Kazient.

What if there is an outbreak/confirmed cases of COVID-19 in my venue?

You must take immediate action, including:

  1. Identify or Find Out – who is/was the confirmed case
  2. Report & Seek Specialist Advice – contact your local HPT (Health Protection Team)
  3. Take Action- Follow actions from your local HPT team

Is the social distancing gap 1m or 2m?

On 23 June, the UK Government announced that in England the 2m physical distancing guidelines are being relaxed to 1m. The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has produced a poster outlining the difference in risk between 1m and 2m.

Where can I get PPE?

There are many regional or national suppliers of PPE offering supplies at a variety of prices. One MCB Affiliate, the Abdullah Quilliam Society has launched a Masjid’s PPE Initiative, where you can buy PPE whilst also supporting the restoration of Britain’s first mosque. Visit their website at: www.abdullahquilliam.org/ppe

 

What is the safest way to clean our mosque or community centre building?

The MCB has sought specific advice from Public Health England on cleaning carpets in mosques. The advice is:

Public Health England advises that soft surfaces that multiple people touch and put their face close to, such as shared kneeling pads, prayer mats and carpets, should be treated as communal objects. They should not be used unless they have been cleaned with soap or detergent or left untouched for 72 hours between each worshipper. When items cannot be cleaned using detergents or laundered, for example, upholstered furniture and mattresses, steam cleaning should be used. Vacuuming is insufficient to remove the potential for the spread of infection. Worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats and kneeling pads if possible.

Those attending places of worship are reminded to follow the relevant social distancing rules, practice good hand and respiratory hygiene. Worshippers should stay at home if they (or any household members) are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus.

Air conditioning in hot weather – should my mosque use it or have natural ventilation only?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published this guide on air conditioning and ventilation during the COVID pandemic:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation.htm

What about fire safety?

Click to read the advice from the London Fire Brigade on returning to places of work and worship.

Please note: MCB is not responsible for content produced by other organisations. All templates and example documents are shared for illustration purposes only and in the interest of sharing work taking place nationwide.

What about weddings/marriage ceremonies e.g. Nikah?

Click here for the latest UK Government advice for weddings

Click here for UK Government’s guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

What about funeral prayers (Janazahs)?

Visit this dedicated MCB burial resources page for more information and FAQs. Due to potential differences in jurisprudence opinions, we strongly recommend consulting with your local Imam, scholar or funeral directors for specific advice.

The UK Government strongly advises that funerals services in places of worship are limited to 30 attendees. UK Government advice is regularly being updated. Click here for the latest Uk Government guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.

I’d like to offer my Mosque as a temporary mortuary or field hospital. What can I do?

Several Mosques such as this one in Bolton are offering their spaces to local hospitals, as well as establishing temporary cold storage facilities such as in Birmingham, in co-operation with their Local Authorities and funeral service providers. For more information contact [email protected].

I need help delivering online services?

Download the free Digital Mosque Guide (revised for Lockdown 2.0) produced by Islamic Network (Click here to join a Telegram update group)

I’m worried about finances/we don’t know how to fundraise online – what can I do?

Click here to view the financial support section for information on Government support packages for business, charities and individuals. 

The MCB has also partnered with the online crowdfunding platform LaunchGood to launch a national #SupportOurMosques Campaign when any mosque can make a free online fundraising page and receive free 1-to-1 advice and fundraising training webinars. Register for free support at: www.supportourmosques.com

Are any grants for mosques available?

In early July, small mosques of up to £250,000 annual turnover will be able to benefit from grants of up to £1,000 via the Jummah Grants scheme! Click here to find out more.

There are numerous other ways you can fundraise online for your Mosque or charity. Aside from mainstream funding platforms, Muslim-focused platforms include, but are not limited to:

2. Advice for Individuals

New England national lockdown rules come into force from 5th November, see details here. These restrictions will last until 1 December.

From Wednesday 2 December, the new tiered system in England will come into force. Click here for full UK Government COVID-19 Winter Plan. Summary graphics below.

 

Click here for different rules that apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scams and fraud

Click here for advice /guidance on how to spot COVID-19-related scams and fraudulent activity.

General advice

The following general guidelines should always best kept in mind to protect ourselves by following good hygiene practices:

  1. Wash hands frequently with soap/water (for at least 20 seconds) or hand sanitiser gel 
  2. Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  3. Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  4. Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)
  5. If you don’t have a tissue, use your sleeve
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed/uncleaned hands
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Much of this advice, and an emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene is in line with Islamic tradition. Abu Malik Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Purity is half of iman (faith).“ [Muslim]

If you are in any doubt visitNHS111 Online or call 111. Do not attend your GP practice or pharmacy as this places others at risk. For NHS advice on what self-isolation means, click here.


Keep up to date with the latest public health advice at:

What about weddings/marriage ceremonies e.g. Nikah?

Click here for the latest UK Government guidance for weddings

What about funeral prayers (Janazahs)?

Visit this dedicated MCB burial resources page for more information and FAQs. Due to potential differences in jurisprudence opinions, we strongly recommend consulting with your local Imam, scholar or funeral directors for specific advice.

Click here for the latest UK Government guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.

3. NHS Test & Trace FAQs

The NHS COVID19 App launched on 24th September 2020 for individuals in England & Wales as part of the NHS Test & Trace service. Scotland use the Protect Scotland App and Northern Ireland use StopCOVID NI App.

The below FAQ covers England only and should be read in conjunction with UK Government guidance on maintaining records of attendees and reopening places of worship safely in England.

  1. What is NHS Test & Trace?

The NHS Test & Trace service is a national service that is designed to slow down the spread of COVID19. The service involves (a) testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus, (b) contacts anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had; and (c) alerts those contacts, where necessary, and notifying them that they need to self-isolate.

  1. What is the NHS COVID-19 App?

The NHS has launched a mobile app called “NHS Covid-19” which is described on the NHS website as being GDPR compliant and meeting the legal requirements of Test & Trace. The App can be downloaded on major app stores like Google Play and Apple iOS.

The NHS website states they are encouraging everyone who can to download the NHS Covid-19 App. The App scans for other app users in your vicinity and keeps a temporary record, in case you came into close contact with someone who had COVID19, in which case it will alert you. Following data privacy concerns raised earlier this year, NHS Test & Trace say they have addressed these by developing a more secure way the app stores your data. For more information on the App workings, click here. More App FAQs produced by NHS here.

  1. What is a QR Code poster?

The NHS Covid-19 App has a venue “check-in” feature which enables app users to use their smartphone to ‘check-in’ to a venue by scanning the QR Code poster displayed at the venue entrance. This is designed to further assist with contact tracing should there be a COVID19 outbreak at that venue.

Venues that are open to the public are being encouraged by the NHS, or in some cases have a legal obligation (see Question 4 & 5 below), to display a QR Code poster. If you wish to display a QR code in your mosque or community centre, click here to generate a QR code for your venue.

Venues that choose to display a QR code poster should recognise that not all their visitors will be using the NHS Covid-19 App, therefore any existing registration methods (whether digital or paper-based) should continue to be used for visitors who are do not use the App.

  1. How can my mosque take part in NHS Test & Trace?

Taking part in NHS Test & Trace for mosques is optional and involves a) displaying a QR Code poster b) keeping a register of attendees for 21 days (with consent) for visitors who are not using the App. Click here to generate a QR Code for your venue.

For regular worship activities, mosques – as with other places of worship – are not legally required to take part in NHS Test & Trace. This is different to other venues such as cafes, restaurants, leisure centres or other venues where it became a legal requirement from 24th September (click here to view full list of venues).

However, along with other venues where people spend time, the NHS website states they are strongly encouraging places of worship to keep a record of those who have attended to facilitate NHS Test and Trace in the event of an outbreak of COVID19.

  1. Is it ever mandatory for my mosque to take part in NHS Test & Trace?

If your mosque carries out the following non-worship activities, legislation appears to indicate you are legally required to take part in NHS Test & Trace by keeping a register of attendees and displaying a QR Code poster in the following cases:

  1. Services provided for social, cultural and recreational purposes, located in community centres, or youth and community centres.
  2. Leisure and tourism services, provided by or at heritage locations and attractions open to the public (e.g. mosque open day)
  3. Services provided for the purposes of consuming food or drink on the premises, (including in seating made available adjacent to the premises). This includes services where food/drink is given out for free or sold at on site cafés or restaurants, for the purposes of consumption on site.

In these cases, you should make it clear to your visitors for these non-worship services that they should scan a QR code upon entry or register their contact details with you.

Click here to read the full The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 (PDF).

  1. Can worshippers or visitors to my mosque be forced to give their contact details for NHS Test & Trace? And should I refuse them entry if they don’t?

No. Visitors can be encouraged but cannot be forced to give their details, as it is not a legal requirement for them. Unless you have an onsite café, restaurant or other venue where food or drink is served for consumption on site, it is not a legal requirement for individuals to give their consent for their details to be registered.

If someone does not wish to give their information they may choose to opt-out. However, the NHS is still encouraging mosques to share their details in order to support NHS Test and Trace and advise them that this information will only be used where necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  1. Does my madrasa have to take part in NHS Test & Trace

Venues that are not open to the public, such as offices and schools, are not legally required to display a QR code. Madrasas, like mainstream schools, are expected to be keeping registers of attendees as part of their regular activities already, so that individuals can be notified in the event of an outbreak at that venue.

However, the App FAQs guidance states that “schools could consider QR code posters if hosting an event with external guests on the premises, or if the premises are let out during evenings, weekends or holidays to external providers.”. Click here to read more App FAQs.

  1. What about people who cannot or do not want to use the app to check-in?

Venues such as mosques which choose to display a QR code poster, should recognise that not all their visitors will be using the NHS Covid-19 App to check-in to venues. Therefore, your existing registration methods (whether digital or paper-based) is advised to continue to be used for visitors who do not use the App. See Appendix B of the places of worship guidance for England for a template consent form.

The following information is advised to be collected:

  • the name and telephone number of the individual;
  • an e-mail address if the individual is unable to provide a telephone number;
  • a postal address if the individual is unable to provide an email address;
  • the date and time that the individual entered the relevant premises;
  • where the individual is a member of a group, the number of people in that group (including any member of the group that has scanned a QR Code when seeking to enter the relevant premises)
  1. What about children attending my mosque?

The UK Government guidance states that young children attending places of worship should be supervised by a parent or guardian. If your mosque is keeping a register of attendees,  collecting the details of the parent or guardian is sufficient.

10. I use an ‘advance booking’ or ‘pre-booking’ system’ – what about that?

Many mosques and community centres have been an ‘advanced booking’ system for some or all services, in particular Friday Jumuah prayers, to manage the numbers of people  attending. The NHS guidance states that these advance booking systems is sufficient to serve as the source of the information that you need to collect. There is no need for worshippers or attendees who have pre-booked, to register their contact details with you again upon entry or scan the NHS QR Code. However, worshipper or visitors can still scan the official NHS QR code if you have a poster for them to scan.

11. What do I do if I discover a visitor, volunteer or staff had COVID-19 whilst inside our mosque, madrasa or community centre?

Please see the following MCB guidance toolkit: Dealing with a Positive COVID-19 Case in your Building (PDF)

12. What do I do if NHS Test & Trace service contacts me about a positive COVID19 case in our venue?

Please see the following MCB guidance toolkit: Dealing with a Positive COVID-19 Case in your Building (PDF). Please note that:

Contact tracers will always:

Contact tracers will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • ask about protected characteristics that are irrelevant to the needs of test and trace

Credit: With thanks for the Church of England’s guide COVID-19 NHS Test & Trace Data which was used as the basis for some of the above FAQ responses.

4. Advice for Parents

With children who may not be able to go to school, parents need to interact constructively with their children during this challenging time. Check out these six one-page Healthy Parenting tips produced by the WHO for parents covering planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Have fun engaging with these ideas, and let us know if you have any more by emailing [email protected]

For the latest guidance and updates on school reopening, visit the Department for Education website, and check online with your local council.

5. Mental Health: Coping with stress during lockdown

Muslim mental health organisations in the UK have united to provide a range of services to tackle mental health problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

Each organisation specialises in a different aspect of mental health, and can be contacted as your needs require. More details can be found in the flyer here.

For faith-sensitive and confidential mental health advice, Muslim Youth Helpline offer online chat/email and phone support on 0808 808 2008 available for Muslims of all ages. Inspirited Minds also offer online support. A flyer on mental health support during COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

The World Health Organisation has published guidelines (PDF) and also produced advice on individuals and communities coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes advice such as the following: 

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle – diet, sleep, exercise etc.
  • Don’t use smoking, alcohol or drugs to deal with emotions
  • Get the facts from the authorities – do not base your actions on hearsay
  • Limit worry by lessening time you/your family spend listening to media coverage
  • Draw on skills you have used in the past to help you manage adversities

Further information on coping with mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak is published by the Mental Health Foundation here.

A useful guide on Mental Health by Rehab4Addication (PDF) to improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working From Home – Balancing Mental Health

If you are lucky enough to be able to work from home, be aware of and manage the risks associated with this. A useful guide is below. Credits: Theoxfordpsych

Fake News

Beware Fake News! – It is important to verify any news you receive/come across before acting upon it or forwarding on. 

“Fake news” that causes panic is also easily spread during a crisis like this. Educate yourself and your family/friends on avoiding fake news, including 1) Consider the Source, 2) Read Beyond, 3) Cross Check, 4) Don’t forward every message, 5) Check the date and 6) Don’t panic

6. Deaths/Funeral rites related to COVID-19

Sadly the number of deaths in the community due to COVID-19 is increasingly rapidly. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illayhi Rajioon (To Allah we belong, and to Him we will return). Our thoughts and prayers must be with the deceased and their families, who due to restrictions on visiting, will be unable to be with their loved ones during their final hours (although please do check local restrictions).

The National Burial Council has issued guidance (PDF):

 

The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has produced an advice concerning the number of people allowed during Janaza prayer and when viewing the body. See poster below for details.

Visit this dedicated MCB burial resources page for more information and FAQs. Due to potential differences in jurisprudence opinions, we strongly recommend consulting with your local Imam, scholar or funeral directors for specific advice

Click here for the latest UK Government guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity Muslim Hands has also set-up a helpline for Muslim Burial issues (Call 0115 970 3332, Monday to Sunday, from 9AM to 4PM) 

7. Get Involved! Local Volunteer Initiatives

Click here to see full list of Local Volunteer Support initiatives (regularly updated) or email [email protected] to add yours!

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Seek out the vulnerable among you. Verily, you are only given provision and support due to your support of the weak.” (Tirmidhi).

  • During this COVID-19 crisis, the socially vulnerable may include those community members who are:
    • Undertaking social isolation
    • Elderly (especially if living alone)
    • Feeling unwell/ill
    • With disabilities
    • Economically vulnerable e.g. loss of income source
    • Single parents with children
    • No access to a car for transport
  • Many Muslim institutions, mosques and activists are turning their centers into hubs of volunteer response efforts, including:
  • How can you get involved this?
    • Volunteers – identify able-bodied volunteers who can support those who need support with daily activities e.g. buying food, deliveries. Set-up communication channels and arrange an initial meeting.
    • Broadcast / Announcements – Tell people that help is available e.g.:
      • Social Media/WhatsApp announcements
      • Personal phone calls to community members
      • Door knocking to neighbours
      • #ViralKindness Postcard (see below Section 5c)
    • Regular Check-In – Make a list of socially vulnerable individuals or families in your neighbourhood/community who are likely to need support.
      • Task your volunteers with keeping in touch with them regularly.
      • Use voice or video-messaging as well as text/graphic messages to have a stronger and more human connection and maintain morale.
    • The NHS is recruiting volunteers to support key health care service workers.

When getting involved, make sure you follow official “How to Help Safely” advice.


The Muslim Charities Forum is also helping to co-ordinate the relief efforts of Muslim-led charities and have issued guidance for volunteers in staying safe whilst volunteering.

Click here to see full list of Local Volunteer Support initiatives compiled by MCB & MCF.

8. Financial Support during COVID-19 pandemic

The suspension of congregational activities and closure of non-essential shops in line with public health advice, means the loss of a major source of funding for Mosques and Muslim institutions, especially donations and Jumuah collections, while basic building / organisational maintenance expenses continue, as well as Muslim-owned businesses or sole traders.

Various Government support packages have been announce since March. For more information, visit the Dedicated Government Business Support website at www.businesssupport.gov.uk

Click here to find out more support for voluntary community and social enterprises including:

  • Coronavirus Community Support Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
  • Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
  • National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal
  • Resilience and Recovery Loan Scheme
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Coronavirus Business Loan Interruption Scheme
  • Deferral of the next quarter VAT payments
  • Kickstart Scheme
  • Business rate relief/exemption
  • Gift Aid

Government Hotline Phone Numbers:

  • Business support & ventilators: 0300 456 3565
  • HMRC: 0800 015 9559
  • Universal Credit: 0800 328 5644
  • School Closures: 0800 046 8687
  • NHS: Only call 111 if you cannot get help online at 111.nhs.uk

See a MCB summary of support schemes available here.

The KSIMC of London have produced a useful guide of financial support packages here

Hardship Grants for Individuals

Hardship Grants are also available via the Hardship Relief Fund and Housing Fund run by the National Zakat Foundation.

More information and to apply visit: https://www.nzf.org.uk/blog/zakat-and-coronavirus/

Grants for Mosques

Small grants of up to £1,000 for small mosques with an annual turnover of up to £250,000 are available through the #SupportOurMosques scheme. To find out more, visit: www.supportourmosques.com/JummahGrants

Other sources of emergency grant funding:

9. Advice for Umrah/Hajj Travellers & Eid Al-Adha (Archive)

The current COVID-19 crisis means that there is uncertainty in many industries, the Hajj and Umrah industry is no different.

Umrah

On 22nd September 2020, the Ministry of Hajj & Umrah in Saudi Arabia announced it will gradually allow Umrah from pilgrims inside Saudi Arabia with a capacity of 30 percent starting from 4th October. Pilgrims from outside the country will be able to perform Umrah starting from 1st November based on a phased approach and with additional measures around quarantine. for travellers. 

However, the following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Saturday 31st October 2020 of a new National Lockdown in England, there is likely to be restrictions on outbound travel. Click here to latest guidance from Council of British Hajjis UK

Hajj 2020 (Archives)

On Monday 22 June, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj & Umrah announced that the numbers performing Hajj will be “very limited” and that only Muslims from various nationalities residing in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to perform Hajj 2020. This means all international Hajjis, including those from the UK, will not be able to perform their Hajj this year. Read the MCB’s statement on these changes here.

For more information and general advice on Hajj 2020, visit the Hajj Advice page from the Council of British Hajjis UK

Eid Al Adha Celebrations 2020 (Archive)
Refer to the poster below for guidance on how to celebrate Eid Al Adha safely in England, in line with latest public health regulations. Refer to guidance by MCS and MCW for Scotland and Wales respectively.

 

10. Ramadan 2020 (Archive)

In 2020, Ramadan took place between 23/24 April to 23/24 May 2020. This year, the Month of Ramadan was a very different experience for Muslims all over the world due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The MCB produced at #RamadanAtHome guide which can be downloaded at:

The MCB also created #StayHomeSaveLives guidance in a number of languages, which can be found here in: English, Arabic, Bahasa, Bangla, French, Hausa, Hindi, Turkish, Yoruba, Somali and Urdu.

The National Huffadh Association UK also produced a guide to praying Taraweeh At Home including how to keep children engaged during lockdown, which can be viewed online here.

11. Further Resources

See below for links to further external guidance. 

This page provides COVID-19 guidance for Muslim institutions in the UK on keeping our communities safe, coping with mental health/stress, death & funeral rites and Hajj/Umrah pilgrims.  This page is updated regularly. To auto-receive updates, join this community WhatsApp broadcast group: http://bit.ly/covidwhatsapp3

If you would like to volunteer to support Muslim National Community Response Group efforts in tackling COVID-19, please click here to express interest.

To support MCB in bringing unity to the Muslim communities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here to donate and support the MCB.

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