As concern over the spread of coronavirus
grows, people around the world are changing the way they do things.
While some have cut back on travel plans, others have
dropped handshakes greetings.
Different mosques are also releasing new measures in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
The UK Muslims and mosques are no exception.
In Birmingham, local mosques have been taking stringent measures to protect worshipers and avoid disrupting prayer services, Birmingham Mail reported.
On one hand, imams give sermons and talks about the coronavirus to educate people and avoid spreading panic.
On the other, the staff has installed dozens of new gel dispensers and deep cleans have been increased to keep Muslims healthy as they attend prayers.
Birmingham Central Mosque
Birmingham Central Mosque, which receives up to 4,000 people during Friday prayers, is leading these efforts.
“The Mosque remains open. We have a whole new regime,” the mosque vice-chairman Nassar Mahmood said.
“Caretakers and volunteers are deep cleaning once a day
and we have regular jet washing. We are cleaning the taps and wiping down
floors and walls.
“The hand rails are being cleaned several times a day. We
have implemented the government’s advice
on prevention including avoiding shaking hands and washing hands regularly.
“We have made hand gel available around the mosque and signs
have been placed around the mosque to advise our patrons.
“As Muslims we routinely wash five times a day before prayers and we are now also encouraging the use of antiseptic gel.
“We are currently monitoring the situation and awaiting
further guidance from the government.”
Green Lane Mosque
After canceling their first Umrah journey this year, leaders at Green Lane Mosque, in Small Heath, are also taking precautionary measures to protect worshippers from coronavirus.
“In terms of our precautionary measures, we are doing a risk
assessment should things turn for the worse,” Haniya Aadam, from the mosque,
“We have also increased awareness by putting posters up to inform people of the risks, issued an NHS video, our imams have delivered a talk on the coronavirus and we have also issued a detailed article providing an Islamic perspective.
“Thankfully, the mosque is ultimately used for the purpose of prayer, which requires ritual washing/ablution before the prayer, including the washing of the hands, nose, mouth, forearms, ears, and feet.
“This all helps. However we are taking the necessary
precautions and are doing more of a deep clean of regular used areas – ablution
areas, door handles etc.”