San Diego, CA 92102
(May the Peace & Blessings of G-d be with you)
RESIDENT IMAM WALI FARDAN SHARES THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL MUSLIM TASK FORCE ON COVID-19
It is vital that we as Muslims, who are called upon to be the best of communities enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong, do our part and act decisively to protect humanity and societal good. The National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 is providing this guidance to mosques, schools, and community centers throughout the United States. These critical actions are needed to help minimize and prevent harm from the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is dangerous for many reasons: Anyone can get this disease; there is no vaccine for the disease and no immunity from it; there are no known treatments for the disease; many people with no symptoms are spreading the virus. For these reasons, COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and is hard to contain. To protect people we need to take critical and timely steps like social distancing, including suspension of normal religious activities. If these steps are not put into practice immediately, then we will not have the healthcare resources (hospital beds, ventilators, masks, and providers) to care for all patients with COVID-19, as well as other critical diseases, within weeks.
We urge calm and collective action, and we are reminded by the Prophet Muhammad (saw) to “Tie it and trust” (Jami’ Tirmidhi 2707). God tells us in the Qu’ran that “ No disaster strikes except by the permission of Allah, and whoever believes in Allah - He will guide their heart, and Allah is Knowing of all things (64:11).” We will get through this, and must act responsibly and must turn to Him for assistance. The Task Force makes the following recommendations:
1. Muslims in North America should follow local guidance and make every effort to support self-quarantine and social distancing.
2. Muslim community centers and places of worship should suspend all social and educational events and gatherings. Doing so is in line with important Islamic principles such as “avoiding harm takes precedence over acquiring benefit.”
3. Concerning religious counseling and similar services, we recommend mosques and community centers implement online and telephonic platforms immediately. In this time of difficulty, the community will be relying on their faith leaders for advice, support, and guidance. Moving these services to virtual platforms fulfills a communal need while limiting the possibility of harms occurring from the lack of social distancing.
4. Concerning congregational prayers, despite some areas of scholarly disagreement, there are areas of clear agreement among religious leaders and public health experts. Muslims are encouraged to reach out to religious councils for specific religious guidance. The Task Force is united in the following recommendations:
a.) The 5 daily prayers are individual obligations. Although performing these prayers in congregation within mosques is highly recommended, when establishing prayer within mosques poses undue hardship or harm to oneself or others, performing prayer individually fulfills our religious obligation. Thus, in light of potential health risks to congregants, the Task Force urges mosques to follow long-standing Islamic legal precedent - aligned with local, regional, and national public health and government guidance - to suspend public congregational prayers.
b). Friday Jumuah prayers are important religiously, culturally, and socially, but the Task Force reminds Muslims these prayers are not obligatory in specific instances - such as for the sick - and there is significant Islamic legal precedent for exemption. This communal rite can also be fulfilled by minimal gatherings (the weightier Hanafi view notes 3 individuals represent a quorum) and with minimal sermonizing (hamd, salawat, tilawat, and due). When a state authority temporarily prohibits public gatherings to protect people from credible harm, it is not permitted to establish a public Jumuah. Similarly, when it is infeasible to establish Jumuah in accordance with public health and safety recommendations of these authorities, the obligation to establish Jumuah is lifted. In these cases it is replaced by the obligation to pray Zuhr. Consequently, the Task Force strongly recommends that religious leaders suspend public Jumuah prayers.
ABOUT MASJIDUL TAQWA SAN DIEGO
Located in downtown, Masjidul Taqwa was the first Masjid established in San Diego, California. Under the leadership of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed, we are Muslims committed to human excellence as revealed in the Holy Qur'an to Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and as exemplilfied in his life. Imam Wali T. Fardan, a student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, serves as the resident Imam.
Masjidul Taqwa is a historic mosque! It was established in 1949 by early pioneers Brother Yusuf Abdullah and Brother Henry Majid under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It was the first temple on the West Coast and the eighth in the Nation of Islam.
After the passing of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Temple 8 under the leadership of the late Imam Warithdeen Muhammed (may Allah's mercy be upon him) began following the universal message of Al-Islam and the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Many of these same temples were renamed. Mosque #8 was re-named "Masjidul Taqwa of San Diego" by the late Imam W.D. Muhammad. Taqwa mean “God Conscious” in Arabic.
As the oldest masjid on the West Coast established by indigenous muslims, we serve as a beacon for Muslims across the Americas. This community tells the history of Al-Islam in this country from the descendants of its former enslaved people -- striving in the path of the early sahabas, Islam transformed their lives and in doing so transformed a country.
We believe that Islam is the best way of life to establish our individual and community life. Masjidul Taqwa follows the Qur'an, Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saw), and the Tafseer of the late Imam W. D. Muhammad. This website tries to express the interest and culture of the African American Muslim along with the world Muslim community.
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Every Friday at 1:00- 2:00 pm
Congregational prayer is prescribed for believers. "O you who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading; that is better for you, if you only know?" HQ 62:9
1st and 3rd Sunday from 11:30 - 12:30 pm
These meetings are designed to strengthen the faith, community life, and brotherhood of believing men of Masjidul Taqwa.
1st and 3rd Sunday from 11:30 - 12:30 pm
These meetings are purposed to enhance Islamic knowledge, and to increase the visibility and unity of muslim women of Masjidul Taqwa.