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 do not hesitate to contact us at www.wfcom.org/calltoprayer
WFCOM – Waltham Forest Council of Mosques