PRAYER LINES CHANGE Announcement 

According to Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County has moved to a lower risk COVID 19 assessment on May 21st and thus the Masjed can move on to less restrictions on prayers and activities inside and outside the building.


Starting this coming Friday (June, 4th, 2021), here are the guidelines for the prayers at Masjed As-Saber:


- For Jumaa Prayers, the first 4-6 lines are reserved to people who have gone through vaccinations and they can pray shoulder to shoulder. Everybody should continue to bring their prayer rugs and wear face masks all the time during attendance. Please show a proof of vaccinations to the brothers/sisters if you want to be seated shoulder to should next to vaccinated individuals. The brothers and sisters are trying to help you, so be nice to them please.


- For regular prayers, the first line will be dedicated to vaccinated individuals.


- Brothers and Sisters who did not get the vaccine are asked to continue to observe social distancing during prayers and attendance in the masjed in the back lines which are reserved for the vaccinated worshippers.


- No restrictions will be enforced on children 10-15 years old except they have to pray next to their parents. We recommend no infants or children under the age of 10 to attend the masjed at this time. If not vaccinated, the parent and his/her children can pray next to each other but to observe the social distancing from other non-family individuals.


- The Masjed will still require all people to leave after prayers are done for clean ups and sanitation. Please remember we are not out of risk yet.


- The Masjed will continue to provide more space for Jumaa prayers in the backyard and parking lot.


- Please use the Sanitizers provided by the Masjed as often as you can. Remember, the virus is still easily infectious even from people who carry it but not infected. We continue to recommend no handshake or hugs.


- We recommend you make Wuduu at your home before heading out to the masjed to further lower the risk of spreading the virus.

Please remember we are working to provide a semi normal environment to practice your prayers. It is not going to be a sudden conversion back to normal but a slow one, so help us provide the services at the maximum low risk to everybody. These rules were put after asking for religious opinions on space reservation and we got the ok to reserve space to some people at these unusual times. It is important that each individual acts responsibly to be safe and care for others. It is everybody’s job to protect oneself and each other.


Make duaa that Allah rid this world from this pandemic and give our community back the House of Allah to worship with peach and tranquility. 

 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ (6) 

("6) O you who have believe, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful".Hujurat, 6

To those who are creating and spreading rumors they have not witnessed and lack concrete evidence: fear Allah! You can spread untruths out of spite, but make no mistake: Allah knows and you will report to him alone.

To those who are listening to such people bashing your brothers and sisters, remember the ayah above and do not entertain such rumors. 

 

CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

From: Board of Trustees of Islamic Center of Portland- Masjed Assaber (ICPMA)

To: Our Community

Subject: Announcing New BOE interim President, Ahmed resignation and transition role

The board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of Portland-Masjed Assaber held an emergency meeting on Thursday 12/31/2020 at 8:00 pm to discuss the request received from Ahmed Badr to step down from the role of interim President of “Board of Executive” of the ICPMA starting 1/1/2021 after fulfilling his mutual agreement with BOT, Ahmed accepted this role back in March 2020 for six month and he had gone above and beyond.

After long discussion and thoughts the board of trustees accepted Br. Ahmed Badr resignation letter and they like to express their appreciation to the efforts that Ahmed and all BOE members made for the past year dealing with Masjed affairs and Covid19 situations; they ran the operations flawlessly and performed lots of noticeable improvements to the center. Also we appreciate their effort in helping the community during difficult COVID19 economic situations through their hard work and the grants they applied for from multiple agencies.

Furthermore; the board of trustees voted and approved the appointment of Br.Rabah Khamis “who is a BOT board member” as the new BOE president. We believe that Br. Ahmed Badr and Br. Rabah Khamis will do an awesome job helping each other during this transition.

We like to extend our thanks and appreciation to brother Rahah for accepting to step into this position given his current situation and would like to encourage all brothers and sisters of our community to support and help the brother during his transition.

Jazakum Allah Khair,
Islamic Center of Portland-Masjed Assaber

Board of Trustees

  

 

 

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