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Assalamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters,

So many of you have reached out to me to ask how you can help, or how we, Dar Al- Hijrah, can help our community during these challenging times. Let me update you.

With all of the closings and shutdowns, part-time and hourly workers who were already struggling are unable to work, unable to pay rent or put food on the table.  The elderly in our community who live alone are even more isolated. Those who experience domestic violence are now home-bound and even more at risk. Our kids don’t understand what’s happening, and are more restless by the day.

If you are elderly, or living alone, or are feeling isolated, please call us at 703-531-2905. We will gladly assign you to a care team member who will call to discuss a plan that works best for you…regular check-in calls, food deliveries, help connecting to resources, whatever you need. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this additional support, we’re here to help, and we’re just a phone call away. These are anxious times for all of us, and we have to care for each other. As always, we are here to help our community, and right now, our community needs help more than ever.  We are receiving and answering every message left on the social services voicemail.

I ask for your patience.  This is a very fast moving situation, and we are all walking though it for the first time. 

We don’t know yet what needs will arise as this crisis takes its course, and the effects reveal themselves, and we don’t know what we’ll have the capacity to do, but we do know that In’sha’Allah, with patience and care for one other, we will help each other through these challenges and our community will be stronger for it. May Allah grant us all patience.  May He grant shiffa to those who are sick and bless those who are caring for them, and may He help us to love and care for one another in whatever ways we are able.

Below are some alternative resources for financial and food assistance:

Evictions and disconnection of utilities have been temporarily suspended in Virginia through Monday, April 6.

“It would be an absolute outrage for Virginians to be evicted from their homes during this emergency, especially as we are asking them to practice social distancing and stay home to prevent further spread of COVID-19,” said Attorney General Mark Herring.

Read the full story here: https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Supreme-Court-of-Virginia-suspends-all-non-emergency-evictions-568873161.html

County Assistance:
If you are facing difficulties – including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

Unemployment benefits if you have been laid off or lost your job:
If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to COVID-19, go to http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed to see if you are eligible for unemployment insurance or call 866-832-2363 Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Jobs- Companies hiring during COVID-10 outbreak and links to apply:
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/companies-that-are-hiring-right-now/2248514/

Financial hardship grants from Penny Appeal USA for those economically affected by COVID-19:
https://pennyappealusa.org/grants/covid-19-financial-hardship-grant

Northern Virginia Family Services – COVID-19 Emergency Assistance
https://www.nvfs.org/covid-19-emergency-assistance-program/

Food Assistance – FCPS
https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

Food Assistance – Meals on Wheels
Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels program is now operating on a once-a-week basis and is delivering flash frozen meals to clients. Meals on Wheels is accepting new clients who are aged 60 and over. Call the county’s Coordinated Services Program at 703-222-0880 for more eligibility information and to apply to the program.

Virginia Department of Family Services- Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Child Care and Emergency Assistance:
You can apply for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Child Care and Emergency Assistance benefits using internet access anywhere, anytime. Applications can be submitted 24-hours a day/7 days a week.  Go to www.commonhelp.virginia.gov or call 1-855-635-4370

Additional resources by area:
https://www.nvfs.org/covid-19-resource-guides/

Dar Al-Hijrah Care Team Support for those who live alone:
We have formed a special Crisis Care Team of experienced Social Services Staff members who are here to help. If you are elderly, or living alone, or are feeling isolated or unsafe, please call us at 703-531-2905. We will gladly assign you to a care team member who will call to discuss a plan that works best for you…regular check-in calls, food deliveries, help connecting to resources, whatever you need.

Jazakum Allah Khair,
Tahani Jabarin

“O believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer.  Allah is truly with those who are patient.” Al-Baqarah [2:153]

Al-Baqarah [2:153] O believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer. Allah is truly with those who are patient.

After numerous discussions and consultation, and in light of the Declaration issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will remain closed to all congregational prayers and activities until further notice.  The Executive Committee is evaluating plans to serve the most needy of our community by arranging food bank distribution in the parking lot and will announce details shortly.

Allah swt commands us to be in a continuous state of remembrance, and to that effort Imam Shaker and other Dar Al-Hijrah Directors will start daily and weekly programming online.  We are also calling on community members to send us information about the elderly so we can connect with them and ensure they are taken care of.  We will announce an email and web form shortly for volunteers and elderly contacts.  We will also be announcing a community connect program so our community can stay connected with one another at least by phone and digitally.

The Board will continue to evaluate the situation and hope to continually update our community in sha’ Allah. May Allah swt protect our community and larger society and allow us to be blessed with patience and prayer.
For More Information Contact [email protected]
Last updated: March 15th, 9:40 pm.

An-Nisa’ [4:83]: And when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few. 

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Board has decided to close the masjid for Friday prayers. The Board decided previously that we would monitor the actions of local officials and make decisions based on local government response. Late last night, Fairfax County Public Schools made the decision to close schools today, Friday. Therefore, out of abundance of caution and because of the lack of clear information, the Board has decided to close the masjid for Friday and all congregational prayers and activities until further notice. 

The masjid will be closed over the weekend to ensure that it is completely disinfected. The Board will establish a task force of health officials and religious leaders that will stay in constant communication and monitor local officials and information to make a decision about when congregational prayers will be resumed and will release a statement accordingly.

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will be sending out educational and spiritual messaging to ensure community members stay connected to Allah swt and pray the Allah swt protect our community and society.

 

Surah At-Tawbah [9:51]: Say, O dear Prophet “Nothing shall befall us except what Allah has destined for us; He is our Master; and the Muslims must rely only on Allah.”

MARCH 12TH, 2020- Dar Al-Hijrah’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee has decided to keep the masjid open for Friday Prayers. Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to reduce harm and protect our congregants and in following the lead of our local health department officials, we will be limiting our prayers to 400 people per prayer. Only the first 400 people will be allowed in and each prayer will be shortened to 15 minutes. The prayers are as follows:

1st Khutba (11:00 AM): Br. Saif Rahman
2nd Khutba (12:15 PM): Sh. Shaker Elsayed
3rd Khutba (1:30 PM): Imam Naeem Baig
4th Khutba (2:30 PM): Br. Saif Rahman
5th Khutba (3:30 PM): Imam Naeem Baig

We ask that our community observe the following for the greater good of the community:

You are prohibited (islamically) from coming to the masjid for Friday and any congregational prayers if you have:

  1. Fever 
  2. Cough 
  3. Sneezing
  4. Joint Pains 
  5. Any other flu-like symptoms 

You will be asked to leave if you have these symptoms. 

You are exempted (islamically) from attending Friday Prayers or any congregational prayer if you are:
Over 60 years old OR have: 

  1. Diabetes 
  2. Heart condition 
  3. Respiratory conditions such as Asthma
  4. Autoimmune disease 
  5. Blood disorders
  6. Chronic kidney disease
  7. Compromised immune system
  8. Pregnancy (current or recent)
  9. Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes)
  10. Metabolic disorders
  11. Heart disease
  12. Lung disease
  13. Neurological conditions

In the case that the Fairfax County Health Department announces a community spread of the virus, the masjid will close for all congregational prayers. 

For those attending prayers, please bring your own prayer rugs and follow all hygienic instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid getting sick or spreading droplets.

Dar Al-Hijrah will continue to cater to the spiritual needs of our community and will take all necessary precautions following the lead of local officials while relying on the protection of Allah SWT, asking Him for the continued health and well being of our community and larger society.

Text COVID to 484-848 for community updates and visit www.hijrah.org/covid-19

style=”font-weight: 400; text-align: center;”>Anyone seen to be excessively coughing or exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave the masjid to protect other congregants.

 

An-Nisa’ [4:83]: And when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few.

MARCH 9TH, 2020- As you may have heard there are now two confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Fairfax, County. Out of abundance of caution and following the advice of the Prophet Muhammad sAaws in the Hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik a man asked the Messenger of Allah should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?  The Prophet sAaws said “Tie her and trust in Allah.”

Therefore, we ask that our community observe the following for the greater good of the community:

1. If you are feeling symptoms of influenza which include: fever, excessive coughing, joint aches and pains, please do not come to the masjid for congregational prayers till your symptoms have abated.

2. We have embarked on our new program of Wash before Wudhu, wash your hands with soap and water before starting your wudhu several times a day

3. If you cough or sneeze do so into your elbow or a tissue and not into your hands

4. If you are feeling the slightest symptoms of illness do not shake hands with others.

5. If you suspect you have the symptoms of something serious call your doctor or hospital before going there.

As Muslims it is our duty to minimize harm and seek the greater good. As part of that process the harm of a sick person coming to the masjid and harming others particularly, the elderly, far exceeds any benefit of attending congregational prayers.

ALL ON-SITE ACTIVITIES AND CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Due to public health concern and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have faced changes:

Annual Banquet: Postponed until further notice
Taste of Islam: Postponed until further notice
Annual Job Fair: Cancelled

Free Resumé Checks: Cancelled
Friends Over 50: Cancelled
Night of Dialogue II: Cancelled

RESOURCES:

Read the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America’s Declaration (Fatwa) Regarding COVID-19 in English & Arabic

Fairfax County Public Schools Alerts and Canellations

Coronavirus information: What should I do?

Symptoms and How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus in Arabic

World Health Organization’s Director-General’s Remarks on COVID-19 Classification as a Pandemic

Read Inova Hospital’s COVID-19 Advisory

Frequently Asked Question: “I’m worried I have COVID-19. Should I go to an Inova Emergency Department to be tested?”

As always, if you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection, you should:

Seek advice from your regular healthcare provider to determine if a medical evaluation is needed or consult your local health department:

Alexandria: 703-746-4996
Fairfax: 703-246-2411
Loudoun: 703-777-0234
Prince William: 703-792-6300

If you feel it is an emergency and you cannot wait, please contact your provider’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center before your arrival for instructions regarding accessing the facility. If calling 911, inform the operator of your COVID-19 concern.

Self-isolate and limit contact with others.

Practice “social distancing” by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

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