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In an effort to keep their congregations healthy and safe almost every masjid in Connecticut has ceased holding Jummah prayers at their facilities. Many of them have shifted their services online.
The Muslim tradition requires that a body be washed before burial and that a burial be done as quickly as possible. In the midst of the Coronavirus epidemic it is challenging to adhere to these religious obligations. Additionally funerals are an occasion for the decedent’s family and many members of the community to gather together for Janazah (funeral) prayers and to read Quran in honor of the person who has died. The requirements and spirit of the State’s social distancing guidelines discourage such gatherings.
The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford (Berlin Mosque) has prepared guidelines for how they will conduct funerals during the COVID-19 period
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