Wednesday 18th March 2020
Having only opened its new doors late last year, it is with a profound sense of sadness, that after a wide-ranging consultation, we are announcing the temporary public 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.
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, click here to make a regular online donation, for updates please also view www.wliconline.org or join us on Facebook @westlondonislamiccentre
Dr Abdulkarim Khalil
Chief Executive Officer