COVID-19

The latest updates for COVID-19 in the UK.

Live Updates

Live updates on COVID-19 in the UK for mosques and madrasa’s.

13:33 pm, April 23

Maulana Hafiz Akhlaq Ahmed Shahid | Ramadan Message [URDU]

Maulana Hafiz Akhlaq Ahmed Shahid of Masjid Al-Huda in Bradford gives a Ramadan message.

13:28 pm, April 22

Mulana Syed Muhammad Sibtain Kazmi | Ramadan Message [URDU]

Mulana Syed Muhammad Sibtain Kazmi of Masjid Haidria gives a Ramadan message in Urdu.

13:22 pm, April 22

Maulana Ekhlasur Rahman | Ramadan Message [BENGALI]

Maulana Ekhlasur Rahman of Shah Jalal Masjid in Bradford gives a Ramadan message in Bengali.

23:28 pm, April 19

Mufti Mohammad Ashfak’s Coronavirus Update [URDU]

Mufti Mohammad Ashfak of Masjid Farooqia in Bradford gives a coronavirus update in Urdu.

07:34 am, April 16

Council for Mosques launches £100,000 COVID-19 Mosque Support Fund

Bradford Council for Mosques (CfM) has earmarked £100,000 Mosque Support Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This initial fund is available for mosques within the Bradford District that are in hardship to help with running and maintenance costs during the national lockdown and will be capped at £1,000 per application.

Find out more about the support fund here.

22:51 pm, April 15

Shayka Noshin Gul’s Coronavirus Update [ENGLISH]

Shayka Noshin Gul, Chair of Guidance Hub gives a coronavirus update.

15:51 pm, April 13

Imam Masood Chowdhury’s Coronavirus Update [ENGLISH]

Imam Masood Chowdhury of The Islam Bradford Centre gives a coronavirus update.

13:19 pm, April 12

Mulana Syed Muhammad Sibtain Kazmi’s Coronavirus Update [URDU]

Mulana Syed Muhammad Sibtain Kazmi of Masjid Haidria gives a coronavirus update in Urdu.

11:33 am, April 12

Molana Fazal Dad – Use this time to get close to Allah (SWT)

Molana Fazal Dad, senior Imam of Abu-Bakr masjid in Bradford says Muslims should use lockdown as an opportunity to get close to Allah (SWT).

11:29 am, April 12

Mufti Amjad Mohammed’s Coronavirus Upate [PUSHTO]

Mufti Amjad Mohammed of The Olive Foundation gives a coronavirus update in Pushto.

11:23 am, April 12

Mufti Hassan Raza’s Coronavirus Update [URDU]

Mufti Hassan Raza of Al-Markaz Al-Islami gives a Coronavirus update.

16:58 pm, April 11

Salat Al-Janazah in Bradford during COVID-19 pandemic [URDU]

Haji Ghulam Rasul gives an update on new regulations surrounding salat al-janazah in Bradford during the COVID-19 pandemic.

16:55 pm, April 11

Salat Al-Janazah in Bradford during COVID-19 pandemic [ENGLISH]

Haji Ghulam Rasul of Council for Mosques gives an important update on the rules surrounding salat al-janazah during the COVID-19 pandemic.

09:12 am, April 04

Council for Mosques launch bereavement helpline

Council for Mosques have launched a bereavement helpline to assist Muslims in Bradford dealing with a Coronavirus death in their family.

The helpline number is 01274 732479.

21:14 pm, March 31

New advice for safe funerals.

The government has released new guidance for safe funerals after consulting with faith leaders in the UK.

The government advises:

To help reduce the risk of spreading the infection, funeral directors and faith leaders are advised to restrict the number of mourners who attend funerals, so a safe distance of at least 2 metres (3 steps) can be maintained between individuals. Only members of the deceased person’s household or close family members should attend funerals. Any individual displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. Those who do attend will need to adhere to social distancing at all times, including when travelling to and from the funeral.

In addition, the guidance advises that since there is a small but real risk of transmission from the body of a deceased person, mourners are strongly advised not to take part in any rituals or practices that bring them into close contact with the body of a person who has died from or with symptoms of COVID-19. Practices that involve close personal contact with the deceased should only be carried out using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).

The full guidance can be read here.

13:45 pm, March 26

Council for Mosques burial procedure during the Coronavirus outbreak

The Council for Mosques (CfM) have been working with the Council, the Hospitals and the Coroner’s office to ensure that burial procedures for patients who pass away from COVID-19 are sensitive to Muslim faith burial practices.

Read the updated procedure here.

13:58 pm, March 21

Understanding Coronavirus [Urdu] – Dr. Usman Hanif [Al-Markaz Medics]

Dr. Usman Hanif of Al-Markaz Medics covers, in Urdu, essential information about COVID-19.

11:21 am, March 21

Understanding Coronavirus – Dr. Tahir Shaheen [Al-Markaz Medics]

Dr. Tahir Shaheen of Al-Markaz Medics covers essential information about COVID-19.

15:14 pm, March 20

Government Coronavirus Bill.

Yesterday the Government published the Coronavirus Bill which will provide the Government with additional powers during this healthcare crisis. These powers may have implications for the functions and services of the Muslim community.

The Council for Mosques have asked their legal advisers for advice on the possible effect of the Bill and will publish this as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the Bill please email us at: info@councilformosques.co.uk

20:00 pm, March 19

Congregational prayers suspended in Bradford.

By the Grace of God Almighty, on Wednesday 18th March 2020 the Council for Mosques (CFM) membership agreed to suspend daily congregational and Jumu’ah prayers, as per the advice from medical practitioners and our esteemed scholars. 

While this was a momentous decision, it is a necessary one. We must safeguard the local community from the deadly and unprecedented COVID-19 virus.

We are also encouraged by the widespread support the decision is receiving across different Muslim constituencies.

22:38 pm, March 18

Council for Mosques advice on the suspension of services in response to COVID-19

Council for Mosques have taken guidance from our esteemed scholars, medical practitioners and carefully looked at the guidance from the government in formulating social distancing procedures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore we strongly recommend the following line of action with an immediate effect:

  • Mosques to suspend their congregational five daily prayers
  • Mosques to suspend the congregational prayer on Friday
  • Mosques and madrasas to suspend all madrasa activities
  • Janaza prayers will be performed at the cemetery

We urge all to take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus. We will review this situation and make a further announcement on April 4.

Click here to read the full press release.

11:38 am, March 18

Government guidance for employees & employers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses is available from the government on gov.uk.

Click here to view the latest guidance.

10:42 pm, March 17

NHS introduces new rules on hospital visitation

In order to protect patients, staff, volunteers and visitors, the NHS have introduced new rules about the number of visitors who can enter wards to visit an in-patient.

The new rules, effective immediately, are as follows:

  • Only ONE VISITOR PER BED will be allowed on the hospital wards
  • Once the visitor has completed their visit, we cannot allow other visitors to “swap places.”  Instead other family members or friends should arrange between them to make a separate visit at a different time
  • No children (anyone under the age of 18) are allowed to visit on the wards
  • Family, friends and other well-wishers should not gather in the hospital, as this increases the risk of infection
  • All visitors should follow good hygiene practice (wash their hands before and after visiting, use hand gels on the ward). Please do not visit if you have flu-like symptoms or coughs, colds or a high temperature.
  • There will be some areas of the hospital where patients are being kept in isolation, for their own wellbeing and to protect other patients and staff.  For these patients we may not be able to allow any visitors at all, though we will try if at all possible to enable visiting

To read the full statement from the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, click here.

2:45 pm, March 17

Advice on Coronavirus

Please advise your congregation to stay at home if they have any coronavirus symptoms.

According to the latest NHS and government guidelines, people should stay at home if they have either:

  • a high temperature – they feel hot to touch on their chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means they’ve started coughing repeatedly

People displaying symptoms should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

There is no need to contact 111 to inform them that you are staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not currently being issued for those staying at home.

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