Statement from
the Muslim Community of Memphis
Ramadan 2021

April 6th, 2021

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatu Allahi Wa Barakatuhu

The Greater Memphis Area Masjids and religious leadership met recently for the latest update from our infectious disease experts to help determine the best plan forward for Ramadan this year. The update described the continued downward trend in cases and decrease in a number of stats across all areas due to a number of causes including but not limited to increased vaccinations, restrictions, weather related shutdowns, etc. However, the pandemic is still not over and hospitals are still receiving patients. There are also still concerns regarding a new strain of COVID that has started to emerge that may end up more infectious than the current strain. Thus, the expert recommendation is that we are able to proceed carefully with all precautions still in place to ensure the decrease of COVID within our community while also providing the community with Ramadan services.
 
With all of this in consideration, the following masjids in the Greater Memphis Area (see below) have decided to provide Ramadan services this year that include socially distanced and time limited Isha, Taraweeh, and khatiras (45-60min total) in addition to the regularly established prayers at each masjid. There will not be in-person community iftars at any masjid however some may offer drive-thru services. Full information on each masjid’s complete and detailed plans will be released accordingly.

Masjid Al-Mu'minun
Masjid Al-Muslimeen
Masjid Al-Noor
Masjid Ar-Rahman
Masjid As-Salam
Masjid At-Taqwa
Memphis Islamic Center
Midtown Mosque
 
All requirements and precautions for all prayers that were in place previously are still expected from the community. Please review those guidelines from each respective masjid.
 
We are urging our community to do your part and as much as possible limit social gatherings and when in public continue to wear masks and practice social distancing in all activities. We also encourage everyone to take the vaccine when it is available to them. The vaccine is now open and available to all age groups 16 & up. More information on the vaccine and how to make an appointment can be found below.
 
Please reach out to your masjid leadership should you have any questions.
Please read the IAGM (Masjid Ar-Rahman & Masjid Al-Noor) guidelines and recommendations below carefully. All community members are expected to abide by the following requirements in order to enter the building:

Ramadan Mandatory Requirements
- Open to Public with Limited Capacity on first come first serve basis.

- Daily Prayers, Jummah, and Taraweeh Prayers will be provided during Ramadan.

- Must check-in for temperature screening at Jummah and Isha/Taraweeh.

- Must place shoes in bags and keep with you during Jummah and Isha/Taraweeh.

Wearing masks is required at all times. All attendees must bring their own face masks and wear them correctly covering nose and mouth.

- Maintain social distancing ~6 feet apart during prayers and while entering/exiting. Prayer spaces will be clearly marked. Each person is required to occupy an available spot and may not switch.

- Attendees must bring their own prayer mats.

- No congregation before and/or after each prayer. Everyone must leave as soon as prayer is complete. Avoid handshakes and/or hugs.

- Attendees must come with wudhu and bring their own water bottles.

- No in-person community iftars but drive through services will be provided at Masjid Al-Noor.

- No children under the age of 12.

Ramadan Recommendations
- Adults older than the age of 65 and immune compromised individuals are requested to avoid attending.

- Any person who has been ill with cold like symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, or fever) within the last 2 weeks or has been in contact with ill or confirmed COVID-19 positive individuals must refrain from attending.

- Any person who has traveled in the past 14 days should refrain from attending.

- Any person who attends a prayer and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 must inform the masjid immediately.

- Please exercise caution in your decision to attend prayers at the Masjid, it is still not obligatory upon you to attend.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your understanding and support. May Allah SWT protect us all. 

Acknowledgement of Risk
By attending you acknowledge the following: I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending events at Masjid Ar-Rahman and/or Masjid Al-Noor and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at Masjid Ar-Rahman and/or Masjid Al-Noor may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, the Masjids/IAGM employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families. I waive, release, absolve, and agree to hold harmless the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis (Masjid Ar-Rahman and Masjid Al-Noor) and/or their employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families from any claims that might arise from any risks and exposure of COVID-19.

Disclaimer: The panel of infectious disease experts who have been advising us throughout this process continue to advise caution and recommend that we avoid praying congregational prayers at the masjid. However, they have provided us with guidance and recommendations on how to reduce the risk to our community if we decided to reopen. Our religious leadership has also advised that you are not obligated to attend congregational prayers at the masjid and still highly encourage our community to continue to pray at home. Please take this into account before deciding to attend.

We will continue to closely monitor case numbers from Shelby County and the State of Tennessee and seek advice from our local Infectious Disease experts and COVID Task Force and we may consider delaying each phase or shutting down again. Our priority remains first and foremost the safety of every member in our community. Therefore, we have created guidelines and compliance with the guidelines is a must and will be enforced strictly. Failure to do so will result in removal and potential closing of the masjid.

Please reach out to masjid leadership should you have any questions at info@masjid-arrahman.org

Sincerely,
Islamic Association of Greater Memphis
7906 Lowrance Road, Memphis TN 38125 | (901) 756-4794