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Temporary Closure & Services

Having only opened its new doors late last year, it is with a profound sense of sadness, that after a wide-ranging consultation, we announced on Wednesday 18th March the temporary closure of the UKIM West London Islamic Centre (WLIC), the London Borough of Ealing’s largest Mosque. The Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak is a UK public health emergency and as a community we must take all precautionary measures to prevent its spread and harm. Particular attention within the official guidance, on the avoidance of social contact and gatherings was directed at those who live and work in London, as the growth rate here is expected to be higher.

WLIC serves thousands of worshippers on a weekly basis, their welfare and safety was of paramount importance when taking this most difficult of decisions. We hope all sections of our community appreciate the scale of the crisis we are now facing as a nation and the importance of playing our part in breaking the transmission of this virus. WLIC will continue to support our community, please see the list of contacts and services below and subscribe for updates to our Whats App group by texting 07907 013365.

We know that many regular worshippers at the Masjid, whose hearts are attached to the House of Allah (swt) will feel especially pained at this development. We can assure all members of our community that this decision will remain under constant review and that the Masjid will open when it is safe to do so. As Muslims we believe this affliction is a trial from the Divine, whose mercy far outweighs His anger. We must remain strong, united and resolute in the coming months and demonstrate the intrinsic compassion within our faith to help the vulnerable and the needy. WLIC will do its best to facilitate support to those in our local community that need it. Please reach out to us via phone, email or Facebook. Please continue to adhere to the hygiene advice of not touching your face without washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds.

In this testing period, we ask our Muslim community to now establish centres of worship at home, raise the call to prayer, prostrate as families in congregation, impart knowledge of our great faith and increase the remembrance of Allah (swt), beseeching Him for his forgiveness, protection and grace. Along with Du’a (supplication) we are aware that Sadaqah (charity) alleviates calamities by the permission of Allah (swt), so let us give more. The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said 'Give Sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.' [Tirmidhi]

Please continue to support the Masjid during its temporary closure, visit to make a regular online donation, subscribe to our Whats App group for updates by texting 07907 013365 or join us on Facebook @westlondonislamiccentre or Youtube.

Dr Abdulkarim Khalil
Chief Executive Officer

What are the symptoms?

We as a Muslim community and as a part of wider society, should follow news updates on Public Health England as well as information provided by clinicians and local health agencies. The symptoms of the virus include fever and a dry cough similar to a common cold. After a week, it can lead to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital admission for support although there is no specific treatment for the virus itself. The incubation period - between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days. Most people make a full recovery within a few days. However the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk of developing pneumonia.

What preventative measures can you take?

1) Wash your hands for 20 seconds- soap or hand gel can kill the virus, it can remain active on surfaces for up to 24 hours.
2) Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing - ideally with a tissue or into your sleeve (not your hands) - and wash your hands afterwards, to prevent the virus spreading. Wash your hands regularly and properly with soap and use hand sanitisers if available.
3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth - if your hands touch a surface contaminated by the virus, this could transfer it into your body. Avoid shaking hands, hugging, sharing cups or touching communal areas like armrests on public transport.
4) Don't get too close to people coughing, sneezing or with a fever - they can propel small droplets containing the virus into the air - ideally, keep 1.5m (4ft) away. Avoid visiting those who are unwell until they are better.

What should I do if I have the symptoms?

If you develop the symptoms, even if mild, you are advised to stay indoors and self-isolate for at least 7 days, do not share food or clothing and stay away from others, do not got to the surgery or hospital, instead if your condition deteriorates call the NHS 111 phone service.

Recite the Following Du'a (Supplication)

 اللهم إني أعوذ بك من البرص والجنون، والجذام، وسيئ الأسقام‏'‏‏

Allahumma inni a'udhu bika minal-barasi, wal- jununi, wal-judhami, wa sayyi'il-asqami

'O Allah, I seek refuge in You from plague, insanity, leprosy and evil diseases.' [Abu Dawood]

Please take extra care of the most vulnerable in our community. We ask Allah (swt) for his mercy and for the safety and well-being of ourselves and all our neighbourhoods. Pls read, reflect, share and notify family members.

"O those of My servants who have transgressed against your own selves, despair not of God's mercy. God does forgive all sins, for surely He is the most forgiving most merciful." [Al-Qur'an 53]