To the community of King Fahad Mosque. AsSalaamu Alaikum Brothers and sisters,
As worshippers of the Islamic faith, we are sincerely grateful to Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Eric Garcetti for allowing houses of worship to partially open.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a major test of our faith in Islam and our belief in the wisdom of Allah Subhanahu Wataa’ala. As practicing Muslims we understand that the health and safety of our congregation is of utmost importance.
The permission to reopen our mosques comes with a set of guidelines issued by the state, outlined in a 13-page document. King Fahad Mosque management and council are working diligently to develop a strategy to reopen the mosque with full compliance to these guidelines. This will ensure the safety of the people coming to the mosque for prayers. As a result, KING FAHAD MOSQUE WILL NOT REOPEN AT THIS TIME, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Our mosque will not fully open until we can ensure that all who come to our house of worship are safe. We appreciate your patience during these difficult times. We urge the community to also read these guidelines so that together we can all make an informed decision.
During these times of difficulty, with the coronavirus pandemic growing, and mosques and other institutions all around the world being closed for public safety, it is important for us to strengthen our connection with Allah, by increasing our obedience towards Him, and calling upon Him with sincerity to lift the calamities that have befallen us.
أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاءَ الْأَرْضِ أَإِلَٰهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
“Who responds to the distressed soul, when it calls upon Him, and Who relieves its suffering, and makes you inheritors of the Earth? Is there any god with Allah? Little is it that you heed!”
From the greatest forms of worship during times of calamity, is to give sadaqah (charity) in the way of Allah. The Prophet ﷺ said:
الصدقة تسد سبعين باباً من السوء
“Sadaqah (charity) closes seventy doors of evil”
And he ﷺ also said:
صنائع المعروف تقي مصارع السوء و صدقة السر تطفئ غضب الرب و صلة الرحم تزيد في العمر
“Doing good thing prevents bad things from happening, and secretly giving charity extinguishes the anger of the Lord, and maintaining ties of kinship increases one’s lifespan”
Once, during the time of the Prophet ﷺ , a solar eclipse occurred and was witnessed in Madinah. This was a phenomenon that neither the Prophet ﷺ nor his companions had ever witnessed before, and it worried them. The Prophet ﷺ led his companions in a lengthy prayer, and then he advised them to remember Allah, make dua, and give charity.
We learn from these narrations that giving charity is vital during times of trial and tribulation.
The great scholar Ibn Al-Qayyim said:
فإنَّ للصدقة تأثيرًا عجيبًا في دفع أنواع البلاء، ولو كانت من فاجر أو من ظالم بل من كافر فإن الله تعالى يدفعُ بها عنهُ أنواعًا من البلاء، وهذا أمر معلوم عند الناس خاصتهم وعامتهم، وأهلُ الأرض كلُّهم مقرُّون به لأنَّهم جرَّبوه
“Surely, giving charity has an amazing effect in repelling all types of difficulties, even if this charity comes from a sinner or an oppressor, rather even it comes from a disbeliever. Surely Allah the Most High protects people through their charity from a variety of calamities, and this is something that is well-known and acknowledged by all people, because they have experienced its reality.”
So let us open our hands and spend in the way of Allah during this time of difficulty.
Let us spend in the way of Allah, and ask Him to lift the coronavirus pandemic from this world!
Let us spend in the way of Allah, and ask Him to welcome us back into His houses!
Let us spend in the way of Allah, and ask Him to rectify our situation and forgive our shortcomings!
One of the best ways to give in charity is helping to maintain the houses of Allah. King Fahd Mosque has been severely affected financially due to its closure during this difficult time. After depending upon Allah, the masjid depends upon the support of the generous brothers and sisters who come to pray and learn here. Please donate generously, and we ask that Allah showers His Blessings upon you in this world and in the Hereafter.
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King Fahad Mosque believes in following and teaching the religion of Islam, according to the values found in the Quran and the Sunnah (practice of the Prophet Muhammad), based upon the understanding and methodology of the early generations of Muslims.
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