Waltham Forest Council of Mosques (WFCOM) 🕌 Call to Prayer 🔊
Your local mosque and your Muslim neighbours are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. The month is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and charity, much of which is community based.
We have all found ourselves in the unprecedented situation of lockdown. This year we have had to ask our congregations to practice their faith from home while keeping themselves and others safe and observe the lockdown. We have instructed our congregations to stay at home to pray and break their fasts with their families as our mosques remain closed with social distancing guidelines being adhered to.
During this unprecedented time and due to the impact of the lockdown restrictions, WFCOM has been given permission to perform the Adhaan (the call to prayer) publicly on Fridays around 1pm, to alert people to the time of the Friday Prayer and also once every evening at sunset to announce the time of breaking the fast. We have taken this initiative to remind people to continue to stay at home, while they can hear the Adhaan with their families. The Adhaan being called will be in Arabic and the translation is:
“God is Great
I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except God
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God
Pray in your homes
Come to success
God is Great
There is nothing worthy of worship except God”
We trust this will not inconvenience anyone and hope you enjoy the melodious Adhaan.
The Adhaan will take less than five minutes and due care will be taken not to cause nuisance to the neighbourhood. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighbours and we are sure that you will support us in this endeavour. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this letter or have any general questions about WFCOM’s activities, please complete the form below.
WFCOM - Waltham Forest Council of Mosques
Although we can just about hear the Adhan with the windows open at the back, it is is very faint as we are hearing the Adhan from inside the Masjid.
Yesterday's tests were very loud and could be heard streets away, Alhumdulillah.
What is going on in USA? I saw a news story of a guard being shot to death because he didn't let a customer in without a face mask. Then I saw pictures and videos of heavily armed people in Michigan protesting covid restrictions. Crazy people. Scary place.
The UK's coronavirus death toll has overtaken Italy's to become the highest in Europe. With over 30,000 deaths involving Covid-19, only the US has a higher toll worldwide.
The UK government has faced criticism for its lack of testing compared to other countries, as well as a delayed response to introducing strict lockdown measures.
Even US President Donald Trump, whose own coronavirus policy has been heavily criticised, has called Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approach “catastrophic”. The US is by far the worst affected country in terms of coronavirus confirmed cases and deaths, with more infections recorded than Spain, Italy, France, Germany, China and the UK combined.
The first incident you mention is a prime example of just how much racism exists in the USA still.
The protesters are right wing extremists that will believe anything Trump says.
Trump had recently tweeted that people should "Liberate" 3 states. All the crazies came out of the woods after that.
Unfortunately, he won't denounce them either, he called them "Fine People"
USA is doomed if he manages to win re-election this year.
I haven't been following any news. How is the situation among the Muslim communities in the UK? More cases and deaths? Or has it stabilized?
Edit : I just had a look at the cornavirus consipracy thread. I asked this question here as it was a genuine question, and because I am hearing some repeating how the issue is overblown and they don't the trust the news coming out from the UK. So I wanted a feel of what's really happening in the Muslim community.
Everything is quiet. Mosques are closed. Only nominated 3-4 people are attending 5 daily prayers, taraweeh and jummah. Makatibs and darul ulooms are either shut or moved online. Everyone is following the government lockdown guidelines. Mosques have been turned in to food banks and volunteers are providing door to door services to venerable residents including non muslims.
Boris Johnson’s televised address left a nation baffled, but there was one message the clarity of which should not be doubted. If you are a middle-class professional, then you can keep safely working from home, and whether you venture outside for leisure, exercise or sunbathing is entirely up to you. For everybody else, it’s time to get back to work, and best of luck!
An alliance of Tory libertarians, who believe in freedom for those can afford it, and wealthy Conservative backers, who are rather more interested in profit margins than the lives of vulnerable and older people, have grown tired of lockdown, quite unlike the public as a whole. And so Johnson’s messy compromise, as mentioned in his Sunday night address to the nation, is to “actively encourage” a return to work for those who cannot do so from home: factory workers, but not managers; cleaners, but not accountants.
Coronavirus is a class issue. It is not an indiscriminate grim reaper, selecting its victims at random with no regard for boundaries of class or ethnicity. It targets those with pre-existing health conditions, which are more likely to be found among poorer Britons. It has largely spared those who can earn their keep from their living rooms using Zoom, quite unlike those whose working lives make human contact an unavoidable necessity. According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, the lowest working-age death toll has been among men with professional occupations; the highest death toll has been among men toiling in low-skilled elementary occupations. If you boil down the statistics even more, the hardest hit include taxi drivers, bus drivers, security guards, chefs and care workers. More than 200 construction workers had died by 20 April, and as one trade unionist puts it: “How many of these died for that luxury flat, retail unit, football stadium or hotel?”
We have already learned that there is a stark ethnic divide: black people, for example, are four times more likely to die of coronavirus than white people. Class and race intersect in British society: people of colour are disproportionately concentrated in the lowest-paid and least-skilled jobs. While 11% of the British workforce is BAME, that figure rises to 44% of cab drivers and chauffeurs, 32% of security guards and 19% of bus and coach drivers and care workers. Some of those workers most exposed to poverty and discrimination have been left most exposed to this potentially deadly virus too.
As ever larger swathes of the British working class are ordered to return to their function as generators of revenue, the class impact of this pandemic will only be heightened. Avoid using public transport, suggests our prime minister: but that is rather easier for high earners, almost all of whom have access to a car, compared to the poorest, over half of whom do not. The children of the well-to-do can not only frolic in suburban gardens, but can now enjoy car journeys to the Peak District and the Broads; many of the urban poor, crammed into tower blocks and overcrowded council estates, do not have that option.
We are now told that we can apparently meet one friend or relative from outside our household at a time, but only in an outdoor public space while observing social distance; violating that rule may lead to financial penalties. How, then, does it make logical sense to ban larger gatherings outside for leisure purposes, but compel people to return to work indoors in close proximity to far greater numbers? The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the health, and even lives, of working-class people are judged to be expendable for a greater cause: profit margins and shareholder returns.
Now we know what the “blue-collar Conservatism” marketed to the fallen Red Wall – where the Conservative party gained seats in last year’s election – really means. “Stay alert” means “stay at home but only if you can afford it”. This is “save middle-class lives” in deed if not word. The well-to-do will remain shielded while their workers risk their safety to maintain their fortunes. The class system prevails, even to the morgue.
One of the most eye-opening moments was when a woman named Pooja from Solihull, Birmingham asked the prime minister:
"Yesterday, you left the country with more questions than answers. When lockdown initially started you very specific about what needed to shut down and when.
Why have you been so vague about who can start back at work and which businesses can reopen this week?
When will the British public receive further clarity on this?"
In response Johnson said:
"I think the frank answer to your excellent question is that we've had to make a big change in our lives over the last couple of months and everybody's got the clarity of the message.
What we've said is basically 'stay at home.' The British public heard that loud and clear and in the UK, people have stayed at home overwhelmingly and that's been a good thing in terms of delivering our ability to combat the disease and get the rate of transmission down.
It's obviously a very simple message; 'stay at home.' It's obvious when you come to take smaller steps back to normality, which we are now, that clearly the message because finer and more complicated.
I hope Pooja that when you are listening to us tonight you are getting what we are saying. We are saying that if you can't work from home, talk to your employer about getting back to work and we are insisting that it has to be safe to work and safe to get there.
We're also making some changes to exercise. Other than that, Pooja, things are pretty much as they have been and they will be until we make further progress."
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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