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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:24 am    Post subject: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Related Updates Reply with quote

Urgent Announcement from the Council for British Columbia
Coronavirus Update - Jamatkhana Attendance Limits


The Government of British Columbia has today taken the precautionary measure to ban all gatherings of more than 250 people, to reduce the risk of infection from the spread of COVID-19. This ban will remain in place until further notice.

As a result, effective immediately, all Jamatkhanas in the province of BC will cap attendance at no more than 250 people (including all volunteers). Jamati members who arrive after the 250-person limit has been reached will be asked to return home. This applies to morning and evening ceremonies. Arrangements regarding Navroz commemorations will be communicated to the Jamat shortly.

The Jamat is encouraged to subscribe to the Al-Akhbar and to visit iicanada.org for information going forward.

https://iicanada.org/newsletter-2020/34784

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Coronavirus Update from the Jamati Institutions of Canada
Coronavirus Special Update

The Jamati Institutions of Canada, in consultation with public health authorities across the country, continue to monitor the state of COVID-19 and take pre-emptive steps to reduce the risk of infection in the Jamat.

This COVID-19 update will be disseminated on a regular basis as a supplement to the Al-Akhbar, with the intention of keeping the Jamat informed of developments as they unfold, with specific reference to the situation in Canada, which is different from that in other parts of the world.

The information provided here is intended not to cause undue anxiety, but rather to help Jamati members and families take reasonable measures to prevent transmission and infection, and to support each other. It is of particular concern that we think about how best to protect and keep safe those who are at highest risk, including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

The Jamati institutions of Canada will continue to monitor the situation and keep the Jamat informed.

https://iicanada.org/newsletter-2020/34759
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AGA KHAN MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED


To our visitors, employees, and volunteers,

We share your concern about the COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) pandemic and have decided to temporarily close the Museum in line with Ontario public health directives. We are tentatively scheduled to reopen on April 7.

All our scheduled events and programs up to and including April 6 have been cancelled. Ticket purchases for affected Museum events, programs, and performances will be automatically refunded by March 20, 2020. If you do not receive your refund by the end of March 20, please contact us at info@agakhanmuseum.org and we will endeavour to respond within 24 hours. (If you were planning to attend a private event at the Museum during this period, please contact the third party responsible for the booking.)

Please check our website for the latest updates and announcements. We continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage you to stay up to date through the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 information page.

During our closure, we will provide you with the chance to engage with us online through a curated program of pictures from our collections and videos of past talks and performances. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to participate in this virtual Museum experience.

The Museum’s response to COVID-19 is part of our steadfast commitment to creating a safe and inviting environment for everyone. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

https://mailchi.mp/agakhanmuseum.org/aga-khan-museum-temporarily-closed?e=b9d5a6fa9e
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Urgent Announcement from the Jamati Institutions for Prairies: All Jamatkhanas in the Prairies Jurisdiction are now closed

Urgent Announcement from the Jamati Institutions for Prairies: All Jamatkhanas in the Prairies Jurisdiction are now closed.

The Government of Alberta has announced additional steps to limit large gatherings and reduce the risk of infection from the spread of COVID-19.

While the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk to the general population in Canada as “low”, the Jamati Institutions, in consultation with public health officials and with the aim of protecting the most vulnerable in our Jamat, have decided to close all Jamatkhanas in the Prairies jurisdiction (including Manitoba, Saskatchewan and university Jamatkhanas) effective immediately. This includes morning, evening and weekend ceremonies. All Jamatkhana-based programming is also cancelled. We will continue to work closely with the public health authorities on the timing of Jamatkhana re-opening and will keep the Jamat informed.

Volunteers will be positioned at Jamatkhanas this evening to inform those who do not receive this message.

The decision to close our Jamatkhanas is unprecedented in Canada and not taken lightly, and we seek the Jamat’s understanding and forgiveness for any inconvenience caused. We are taking these precautionary steps in the interests of the Jamat’s long-term health and security.

The Jamati Institutions will continue to provide regular information and updates to the Jamat via the electronic Al-Akhbar and iiCanada app.

Thank you,

Shalzah Visram Bhaloo, CPHR
Skills & Employment Program - Prairies
4669 Westwinds Drive NE, 2nd Floor
Calgary, AB T3J 0T9
Phone: (403) 215 - 6200 Ext. 7104
E-mail: cfp.sep@iicanada.org
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Message from the President
My dear brothers and sisters,

It’s not until something is gone that we truly understand how much it means to us. The past 24 hours have been a stark reminder of the truth behind that saying.

Yesterday, we not only suspended our places of prayer and devotion. Jamatkhanas are the heart of our community. They are spaces for solace. They are centres for our spiritual well-being.

I know that many of you, like I, were deeply saddened by the suspension of our Jamatkhanas. It was a difficult decision to make, but necessary to ensure the safety of our Jamat and the communities in which live. Our Jamatkhanas are anchors for so many of us. I regret the inconvenience and the pain that these short-term closures will cause. And I pray, with all of you, that the current outbreak will resolve as quickly, and with the least amount of disruption and distress, as possible.

I want to express my gratitude for your graciousness and generosity. The support from the Jamat during these unprecedented times, has been overwhelming. Our volunteers have been extraordinary. And the genuine sense of camaraderie and kindness towards each other has been inspiring. For that, from the bottom of our hearts, the Jamati Institutions and Mukhi-Kamadias and Mukhiani-Kamadianis say thank you.

The technical term for what we are practicing is ‘social distancing’. But, as mentioned by others, it may be more accurate to call this ‘physical distancing’. Because more than ever, what we need right now is to be socially connected. In that spirit, in the days and weeks ahead, though the Jamat may not meet each other physically, let us keep each other in our hearts and minds. Let us reach out and support one other. Let us have, as our priority, those amongst us who may be feeling the most isolated, who may be ill or facing challenges, and for whom the current situation will be particularly difficult. Let us be there for each other.

The true heart of our community is not in a physical building, but in the values we share, and the love we have for our Imam, for each other, and for all humanity. Let us act such that years from now, the story we tell our children and grandchildren of these days - when Jamatkhanas and communal programs were suspended - is a story of how we came together, how we supported each other and the communities in which we lived, and how we emerged as a stronger, more caring, and more united Jamat. We will get through this together. And all of us will continue to be here for you.

On behalf of all the Jamati leadership, thank you for your support. We pray for the health, safety, and well-being of all.

Ameerally Kassim-Lakha
President, Council for Canada

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Message from Darkhana Mukhi-Kamadia and Mukhiani-Kamadiani
My dearest sisters and brothers,

On behalf of all the Mukhi-Kamadia and Mukhiani-Kamadianis across Canada, I want you to know that we will dearly miss seeing you in Jamatkhana. We will miss the laughter and the smiles. We will miss the updates on your lives. We will miss having chai with you. And most of all, we will miss the opportunity for all of us to be together, in devotion, in celebration, in affection and in friendship. But please know that you will all continue to be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers, every single day.

We know that this will be a difficult time for all of us. But remember that we are blessed to have our faith. It will be a source of strength and happiness. Please continue to say your prayers and hold fast to our traditions, practices, and ethics, as we always have.

We pray for mushkil asaan, for good health, for mental and spiritual well-being, for peace, and that we may see you all again, very soon. We are here for you. You are in our hearts and in our prayers.

With affection,

Dr. Nazmudin Bhanji, Shahenaz Bhanji, Arrif Meghji, Shelina Meghji
Darkhana Mukhi, Mukhiani, Kamadia & Kamadiani
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ISMAILI COUNCIL FOR THE USA | 13 March 2020 | USA
COVID-19 Updates


The information provided in this Coronavirus or COVID-19 advisory is intended to ensure that we are taking all measures recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, to protect ourselves, our families and our wider communities.

All information related to COVID-19 is listed below.

Jamatkhana Closure Listing
REC Closure Listing
Protecting Yourself, Your Families, and Communities
Recommendations for Older Adults
Stay Informed with Credible Sources
Informational Webinar on COVID-19
This page was last updated on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3:10:21 p.m. EST

Jamatkhana Closure Listing

We continue to closely monitor state and county guidance on the coronavirus, in particular as it relates to gatherings. In compliance with particular governmental restrictions on mass gatherings, we have made the decision to temporarily close certain Jamatkhanas and Religious Education and Early Childhood Development Centers. We have taken this step in certain cities to ensure the Jamat’s continued safety and to be in compliance with official restrictions.

Also, due to school closures in particular areas, we have decided to close certain additional RE & ECD centers through March 31, 2020 while the Jamatkhanas there will remain open. The RE and ECD teams will be informing the affected centers.

Central
Dallas Headquarters through March 20
Dallas Headquarters Overflow through March 20
Mid-Cities through March 20
Tri-Cities through March 20
Plano through March 20
Albuquerque through March 31


Florida
Orlando through March 31
Miami Headquarters through March 31
Tampa through March 31
Fort Lauderdale through March 31


Midwest
Glenview Headquarters through March 31
Naperville through March 31
Chicago Downtown through March 31
Detroit through March 31
Minneapolis through March 31


Northeast
New York Headquarters through March 31
Albany through March 31
Lake Success through March 31
Manhattan through March 31
Edison through March 31


Southeast
Atlanta Headquarters through March 31
Atlanta Headquarters Overflow through March 31
Atlanta Northeast through March 31
Atlanta Northwest through March 31
Atlanta South through March 31
Birmingham through March 31
Duluth through March 31
Memphis through March 31
Knoxville through March 31
Nashville through March 31
Chattanooga through March 31


Southwest
Houston Principal through March 31
Sugar Land through March 31
Houston Headquarters through March 31
Spring through March 31
Katy through March 31
Clear Lake through March 31
Village Overflow through March 31
San Antonio through March 20


West
Los Angeles Headquarters through March 31
Alameda through March 31
Bakersfield through March 31
Inland Empire through March 31
Marin County through March 31
Orange County through March 31
Sacramento through March 31
San Diego through March 31
San Fernando Valley through March 31
San Gabriel Valley through March 31
Santa Clara Valley through March 31
Seattle through March 31
Torrance through March 31
Visalia through March 31

We will continue to monitor the ongoing changes in official advisories and make additional decisions regarding Jamatkhanas or REC or ECD closures, as needed. Please check this page for current updates on Jamatkhana closures.

REC Closure Listing

The following RECs are closed through March 31, 2020.

Central
Albuquerque
Dallas Headquarters
Denver
Little Rock
Mid-Cities
Oklahoma City
Plano
Tri-Cities
Waco


Florida
Fort Lauderdale
Miami Headquarters
Ocala
Orlando
Tampa


Midwest
Chicago Downtown
Cleveland
Detroit
Glenview Headquarters
Minneapolis
Naperville


Northeast
Albany
Boston
Edison
Lake Success
Lancaster
Manhattan
New York Headquarters
Philadelphia
Poughkeepsie
Richmond
Washington
Westport


Southeast
Atlanta Headquarters
Atlanta Northeast
Atlanta Northwest
Atlanta South
Birmingham
Chattanooga
Duluth
Knoxville
Memphis
Nashville


Southwest
College Station
Corpus Christi
Houston Clearlake
Houston Headquarters
Houston Principal
Katy
San Antonio
Spring
Sugar Land


West
Alameda
Los Angeles Headquarters
Orange County
Phoenix
Sacramento
San Diego
San Fernando Valley
Santa Clara
Seattle
Torrance
Visalia


Protecting Yourself, Your Families, and Communities


According to the World Health Organization, the Coronavirus is now a pandemic around the world. However, let us remember that the vast majority of people who become infected with the virus have mild symptoms, recover and are fine. Please do not panic. We should all be concerned, however, about the growing spread of this virus for ourselves and particularly for higher risk groups among us who can suffer serious or life threatening illness due to the virus. These higher risk groups include older age groups (who are generally understood to be those over the age of 60) and those individuals (whether old or not) who have compromised immunity and underlying health conditions.

Routine precautions should be taken by all of us, such as the following:
Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible, and avoid touching your face.
See video: Hand-washing
Clean all surfaces normally touched in the house or car, such as keys, phones, doorknobs, and countertops, with a disinfectant regularly.
For more information: How to clean and disinfect
Avoid close contact with those who are displaying fever, cough, cold or other flu-like symptoms.
See video: Prevention
If you do not feel well or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Do not go to public places, use public transportation, go to work or entertain visitors, so you can help prevent further spreading of illness. It is also recommended that you consult with your physician for further advice, particularly if you have a fever.
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Discard the tissue after each use.
Whether in Jamatkhana, at work, weddings or otherwise, offer greetings to others verbally and without physical contact, such as by nodding, smiling, placing your hand over your heart, etc.
Avoid large gatherings.
Keep abreast of recommendations and advisories from your local health officials and local school districts.
Unnecessary travel should be avoided, if possible. Travel advisories have been issued for several countries. An increasing number of countries are placing travel restrictions to and from their countries. For any international travel, please follow the advice from the CDC and the US Department of State.
For more information: CDC Travel FAQs
If you have travelled to a country with known outbreak of COVID-19, then please consult with your primary care clinician for further recommendations. Recommendations may include a two-week quarantine period. Since these recommendations and the list of countries continues to evolve, it is best to consult your primary care provider for up-to-date recommendations.
Children under 2 years of age and adults above 65 should ensure they are current with their pneumonia vaccines.
For more information: Pneumococcal Vaccine
In the interest of overall preparedness in the event of a worsening situation, you should keep enough food, water, and necessary supplies at home to last 2 weeks.
For more information: CDC personal preparedness
Recommendations for Older Adults


Older adults (generally those over 60 years of age) and individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness from Coronavirus. As such, even if they do not feel sick, the CDC advises that seniors follow these steps:

Stay at home as much as possible and avoid public places. This is to avoid being exposed by others who might be sick.
Ensure that you have at least 30 days of medications and other supplies, such as food and household necessities, on hand in case there is a need to stay indoors for an extended period of time.
Staying Informed with Credible Sources
We advise against forwarding unverified social media messaging, including text and WhatsApp messages, as they are a common source of misinformation and can create unnecessary anxiety.

Continue to use credible and reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and FOCUS Humanitarian USA for up to date information. Stay connected to the official The.Ismaili USA platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For frequently asked questions about COVID-19, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions.


Informational Webinar on COVID-19

Let us stay up to date with new developments about the virus. The Aga Khan Health Board has scheduled webinars this week that will offer advice from health specialists to help protect us from contracting the virus, and from its spread. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these webinars. Capacity is limited and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. Additional webinars will be arranged if needed.

Please click here to register for the March 14 Webinar.

Plese click here to register for the March 15 Webinar.

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https://the.ismaili/usa/national-news-and-events/covid-19-updates
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Urgent Announcement from the Jamati Institutions Regarding Jamatkhanas

Provincial health authorities in Canada have announced additional steps to limit large gatherings and reduce the risk of infection from the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the Jamati Institutions, in consultation with public health officials, and with the aim of protecting the most vulnerable in our Jamat, have closed Jamatkhanas in each jurisdiction. This includes morning, evening and weekend ceremonies. All Jamatkhana-based programming is also cancelled. We will continue to work closely with the public health authorities on the timing of Jamatkhana re-opening and will keep the Jamat informed.

The decision to close our Jamatkhanas has not been taken lightly, and we seek the Jamat’s understanding and forgiveness for any inconvenience caused. While the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk to the general population in Canada as “low”, we are taking these precautionary steps in the interests of the Jamat’s long-term health and security.

The Jamati Institutions will continue to provide regular information and updates to the Jamat via the electronic Al-Akhbar and iiCanada app. We pray for the safety and security of all Canadians and for all those affected globally.

https://iicanada.org/national/news/urgent-announcement-jamati-institutions-regarding-jamatkhanas
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:39 am    Post subject: Virtual Ismaili Jamatkhana Reply with quote

Ismaili.net/heritage/Virtual-Jamatkhana

This online Virtual Jamatkhana inaugurated in 2007 is a place for ismailis to connect with their faith when a physical Jamatkhana is not accessible.

Named "Virtual Jamatkhana", this page is a random multimedia generator of readily available content. The Virtual Jamatkhana is not meant to replace regular physical attendance in JK because it cannot replace the significance and benefits of physical attendance and of congregational prayer.

The recitations and other featured media change every few minutes when you refresh your page. Includes Dua, Tasbih, Ginan, Qasida, Speech, Waez, Images, Announcements and social hall.

In absence of physical open jamatkhana near you, you can attend:

Ismaili.net/heritage/Virtual-Jamatkhana
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to cope in a crisis

Uncertain times present an opportunity to come together and face challenges with a sense of hope and resolve as One Jamat.

In recent days, the global Covid-19 pandemic has taken up the majority of news coverage, social media activity, and general communication. Although the threat of coronavirus is serious, it’s important to retain some perspective, and consider a measured response.

In time to come, few of us will forget the strange weeks of March 2020. Vacant trains, quiet streets, empty supermarket shelves. Right now, as we wonder how worried we should be, fear and panic is spreading exponentially faster than the virus itself.

As human beings, we’re uncomfortable with uncertainty. We want to know what’s happening around us, and notice when something is threatening. When uncertain, we can feel stressed and uneasy.

At the present time, many people are naturally worried about the coronavirus Covid-19. Reactions to the ongoing crisis can include feelings of fear, overwhelm, helplessness, and despair. Those with existing mental health conditions such as OCD or generalised anxiety have it even worse.

The World Health Organisation has advised those who are prone to feeling anxious or stressed to avoid watching, reading, or listening to news which exacerbates these feelings.

In our history, the Ismaili community has overcome numerous challenges in various parts of the world. A global crisis like this presents an opportunity to come together and face the challenge with a sense of hope and resolve as One Jamat.

A sense of hope

In a speech at the Aiglon College in Switzerland in 2014, Mawlana Hazar Imam spoke of the potential of hope in times of uncertainty, saying:

“And you will be asking yourselves how, as nano-players on the global scene, you could cause positive change to happen for yourselves, your families, your peoples. My answer is: hope. Fortunately, just as fear can be infectious, so hope is infectious. When individuals and families and communities, or even nations, come together around new found hope… that new momentum can be unstoppable. The smile replaces the frown. Conversation replaces silence. Fear of the future is replaced by confidence to respond to its challenges.”

Hazar Imam continued to say, “the actual process of replacing fear with hope rests with every individual in his or her society… And they can become an enormous source of growing strength and reassurance for one another. I hope that that will happen to you.”

Among the ongoing uncertainty, there are reasons to be hopeful. Scientific research has shown that 15 times as many people recover from Covid-19 as don’t. In other words, the vast majority of people who contract the disease will survive, and fortunately, children are largely unaffected.

In addition, just as confirmed cases in Europe and North America are rising, case numbers are falling in East Asian countries where the virus first took hold.

Speaking about the spread of the virus, Shafik Sachedina, Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions, said, “The science tells us that this crisis will pass. It may take some time, and will likely have a significant impact, but eventually, it will pass. In the meantime, as a global Jamat and as responsible citizens, we should communicate responsibly and care for each other during this challenging time.”

Communicating responsibly

We need to be careful about the information that we consume and share. Rather than sharing everything “as received,” it makes more sense to stop and question if the message is authentic or not. Rather than spreading fear unnecessarily, we can spread hope instead.

A number of unverified and incorrect messages have been circulated among the Jamat on WhatsApp. Sharing false information can be hurtful and harmful to ourselves and others. If you happen to receive such messages, pause, and think about the source, content, and accuracy before forwarding on.

Incorrect information purporting to be from reputable organisations such as UNICEF and Stanford University with advice on avoiding the virus have been shared thousands of times, along with so-called remedies and cures.

The truth is that there is currently no known cure. Credible information can be found from official government resources and health ministries. Email and social media updates from The Ismaili website and national Jamati institutions are also trusted sources of information.

In the absence of a cure at the moment, protecting the vulnerable is crucial to mitigate the negative impact of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. Let us help and support each other.

Caring for others

As a community, Ismailis have always cared for one another in times of need. During the days and weeks ahead, we should turn our attention to the most vulnerable in our families, neighbourhoods, and wider society.

What can you do to help an elderly member of the Jamat, or someone with an underlying health condition? Perhaps delivering groceries and supplies if it’s safe to do so, arranging a healthcare consultation, correcting misperceptions, or spending time with them on the phone. In the event of school closures, are you able to look after a child while their parents are at work?

Caregivers should practice extra precautions, and families should have a backup-plan in case the primary caregiver becomes sick. Self-isolation has been shown to work in situations like this.

While that might sound boring or even scary, there’s another way to look at things. We are often encouraged to find opportunity in a crisis. This could be a chance to take a different perspective, and break out of a standard routine.

Finding opportunity

One opportunity in this case could be to spend more time learning. The digital world has plenty of upsides. Being connected online means it has never been easier to learn or try something new.

Rather than worrying about things you cannot control, you might choose to spend time learning a new language, trying a new recipe, practicing a musical instrument, or engaging in a new hobby like knitting, painting, or meditation.

Also, just because you can’t visit loved ones, doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Being away from school or work also provides an opportunity to reach out to friends and family members, to check how they are coping, ask whether they are sufficiently prepared for all eventualities, and to share a sense of hope for the future.

In time, we may become more isolated than usual, but we are not totally separate or by ourselves. Practicing one’s faith through personal prayer can build resilience and fortitude.

There are challenging weeks ahead, though we don’t have to navigate this difficult journey alone. Times like this offer a chance to strengthen our sense of community. As a global Jamat, we are fortunate to have brothers and sisters close by and far away, all over the world. We are all in this together.

When we come to look back upon the strange weeks of March 2020, the world may feel very different, but our sense of community will remain everlasting.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:30 am    Post subject: UK latest announcement 18 March 2020 Reply with quote

Letter to Mukhi & Kamadia Sahebans and Presidents/ITREB

Ya Ali Madad. Thank you & saying you are here for the Jamat, and promising to respond to our requests including on Tariquah matters.

Please reply to the requests for copies of all Farmans/constitution AND
Copies of guidance you/President have asked and or received from Hazar Imam on this pendemic since it’s start.

You have said not to hesitate to let you know “whether you or someone you know may need assistance in any way, be that a Tariqah related matter or otherwise. We are all still here for you.”


The Announcements (Al Saha is new UK Ismaili daily Digest)

From: Al-Saha Daily Digest <communications@iiuk.org>
Date: 19 March 2020 at 03:53:46 GMT
Subject: Jamatkhana and Institutional Updates - 18 March 2020
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Message from Darkhana Mukhi-Kamadia

Our Dearest Jamat,

On behalf of all the Mukhi Sahebs, Kamadia Sahebs, Mukhiani Sahebas and Kamadiani Sahebas of the United Kingdom jurisdiction, we wanted to reach out to all our brothers and sisters during these unprecedented times. We know that the coming weeks will understandably be unsettling, worrying and difficult especially with the uncertainty surrounding this crisis. Like many of you, we can’t help feeling a sense of loss at the temporary closures of our Jamatkhanas.

We know how important Jamatkhana is to our lives spiritually, emotionally and socially, and we know the comfort that we all get from Jamatkhana. But we want you all to know that although the Jamatkhana space is temporarily closed, and even though we may not be able to physically see you as regularly in the near future, we are all still here for you. You are not alone.

We as a Jamat are supported by a wonderful team of Institutional sevadaris and volunteers as well as a dedicated Coronavirus Support Team (CST), created to support the vulnerable members of our Jamat. As one united team we will work tirelessly over the coming weeks to do our very best to ensure that you are supported. So, please do not hesitate to let us know how you are and whether you or someone you know may need assistance in any way, be that a Tariqah related matter or otherwise. We are all still here for you.

We have seen outstanding examples of cohesiveness, of unity, of looking after one another within our Jamats especially during difficult times. Despite not being in the Jamatkhana space, let us continue to make special efforts to keep in touch, to assist one another, especially the elderly and vulnerable, in any way we can. Let us ensure that we all continue to feel part of a Jamat and help our community spirit continue to shine brightly.

Let us be hopeful that we will all get through this difficult time, as Mawlana Hazar Imam told us in his speech at Aiglon College in Switzerland, 2014 “the actual process of replacing fear with hope rests with every individual in his or her society… And they can become an enormous source of growing strength and reassurance for one another. I hope that that will happen to you”.

Above all, we are blessed to have our faith to draw upon for inner peace and comfort. Please be regular in your prayers. This will undoubtedly bring you hope and strength. This is a global crisis and many of our brothers and sisters around the world now find themselves in a similar position to us. Mawlana Hazar Imam often reminds us to keep a tasbih with us and seek moments throughout the day to connect with our faith. So when you have a few minutes, call Ya Allah, Ya Muhammad, or Ya Ali, and we pray you find great comfort in these moments.

So, for you and your families, and for the global Jamat:

Our heartfelt prayers for kul mushkil asaan,
Our prayers for good health and prosperity,
Our prayers that you overcome any challenges that you may encounter during this time,
Our prayers that you may be blessed with material and spiritual barakah,
Our prayers that you hold tight to the rope of Imamat and that you always remain firm on Sirat-al Mustaqeem
And our prayers that you and your families always feel Mawla's love, care and protection surrounding you.

Ameen.

Please keep in touch with us and one another. This Navroz, although we can’t be together physically, plans are underway to celebrate Navroz together online and we hope you will join in.

With our love and Ya Ali Madad,

Husein, Rizwan, Naaz and Farah
Darkhana Mukhi Saheb, Kamadia Saheb, Mukhiani Saheba and Kamadiani Saheba
One Jamat, One Navroz
The National Council for the United Kingdom jurisdiction cordially invites you to a virtual Navroz celebration. This year, we cannot celebrate with one another as per our customary tradition, instead we will host an online Navroz programme to commemorate the occasion. The online programme will bring the Jamat together virtually on Saturday 21 March 2020. More details will be shared with the Jamat via the Al-Saha Daily Digest and through the IIUK app.
Information from the Aga Khan Education Board for the UK
In preparation for remote learning, schools should be setting learning for students. There are different models that schools will use but most will share learning online, either daily or weekly.

To support your son/daughter during an extended school closure please ask the school the following questions:
Where and when will student learning be shared?
How will the learning be assessed? If the student’s work is not being marked by a teacher will there be ways for students to self-assess?
What should a student do if the learning is too difficult or they are stuck? Are there resources/websites that can help?
What should we do if we do not have a laptop or have limited/no Wi-Fi at home?
How can we contact the school and the relevant teachers?
During school closures, you can support your son/daughter at home by:

1. At the start of the day:
Have a clear timetable for every day.
Take regular breaks in line with regular school breaks.
Maintain a good diet, and explore ways for social activity during breaks. This is important for their well-being and mental health.
2. At the end of the day:
Ask your son/daughter to show you their learning.
Assess their work.
If they have not completed the work set, understand why, and try to address this.
3. Make time for additional reading. This will support learning and development

4. Exercise frequently. Guidelines are at least 2 hours a week.
This will help with their physical development and will also support their mental health and wellbeing. There are many free exercise videos available online.

5. Stay in contact with your school. Ensure they have your up to date details

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Aga Khan Educaiton Board by emailing akeb@iiuk.org or contacting the following individuals:

Roya Adel - +49 1777 757341 (Germany)
Ashif Pabani - +44 7919 174 169 (UK)
Sameera Khan - +45 6071 2332 (All other countries in Europe)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

USA Ismaili council Announcement
Central United States
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Special Advisory

This COVID-19 special advisory will cover the following:

Jamatkhana Closure Listing
Stay Informed
Credible Sources of Information
Protecting Yourself, Your Families, and Communities
Recommendations for Older Adults
Safety Measures and Changes in Programming
Informational Webinar on COVID-19
Jamatkhana Closure Listing

The Jamati institutions continue to closely monitor state and county guidance on the coronavirus, in particular as it relates to gatherings. In compliance with particular governmental restrictions on mass gatherings, we have made the decision to temporarily close certain Jamatkhanas and Religious Education and Early Childhood Development Centers. While Jamatkhana closure is not taken lightly, we have taken this step in certain cities to ensure the Jamat’s continued safety and to be in compliance with official restrictions.

In the Central Region, at this time the following Jamatkhanas (along with their RECs and ECDs) will remain closed through the following dates:

Dallas Headquarters until March 20
Dallas Headquarters Overflow until March 20
Mid-Cities until March 20
Tri-Cities until March 20
Plano until March 20
Albuquerque until March 31
Also, due to school closures in particular areas, we have decided to close certain additional RE & ECD centers through March 31, 2020 while the Jamatkhanas there will remain open. The RE and ECD teams will be informing the affected centers.

The Jamati institutions will continue to monitor the ongoing changes in official advisories and make additional decisions regarding Jamatkhanas or REC or ECD closures, as needed. Please visit The.Ismaili/USA for current updates on Jamatkhana closures.

Stay Informed

We will continue to provide frequent updates to the Jamat via Ismaili Insight, TheIsmaili USA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, The.Ismaili/USA website, Jamatkhana announcements, monitors, and noticeboards.

The purpose of this regular communications is to ensure that you and your families are taking all measures recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect yourself, your families and wider communities. Please do not panic and remain calm. While the number of Coronavirus infections is still rising, the vast majority of people infected have mild symptoms and recover. Let us continue to have confidence that the Government and Health authorities will institute policies as necessary to help contain the spread of the virus.

Credible Sources of Information

During this time of uncertainty, we urge the Jamat not to rely on or forward social media messages, including texts or WhatsApp messages that you have not yourself verified. Most of these messages are false and tend to cause unnecessary anxiety and confusion. The Jamati institutions will continue to communicate with the Jamat through Jamatkhanas and through the Ismaili Insight which is the official Jamati digital newsletter. We urge Jamati members who have not yet subscribed to receive the Ismaili Insight to please register to receive it at IsmailiInsight.org. Please also visit The.Ismaili/USA for frequent updates.

Protecting Yourself, Your Families, and Communities


According to the World Health Organization, the Coronavirus is now a pandemic around the world. However, let us remember that the vast majority of people who become infected with the virus have mild symptoms, recover and are fine. We should all be concerned, however, about the growing spread of this virus for ourselves and particularly for higher risk groups among us who can suffer serious or life threatening illness due to the virus. These higher risk groups include older age groups (who are generally understood to be those over the age of 60) and those individuals (whether old or not) who have compromised immunity and underlying health conditions.
Routine precautions should be taken by all of us, such as the following:

Wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible, and avoid touching your face.
See video: Hand-washing
Clean all surfaces normally touched in the house or car, such as keys, phones, doorknobs, and countertops, with a disinfectant regularly.
For more information: How to clean and disinfect
Avoid close contact with those who are displaying cold or flu-like symptoms such as coughs or fevers.
See video: Prevention
If you do not feel well or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Do not go to public places, use public transportation, go to work or entertain visitors, so you can help prevent further spreading of illness. It is also recommended that you consult with your physician for further advice, particularly if you have a fever.
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Discard the tissue after each use.
Whether in Jamatkhana, at work, weddings or otherwise, offer greetings to others verbally and without physical contact, such as by nodding, smiling, placing your hand over your heart, etc.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose.
Avoid large gatherings and unnecessary travel, if possible. Travel advisories have been issued for several countries and an increasing number of countries are placing travel restrictions to and from their countries.
Keep abreast of recommendations and advisories from your local health officials and local school districts.
Unnecessary travel should be avoided, if possible. Travel advisories have been issued for several countries. An increasing number of countries are placing travel restrictions to and from their countries. For any international travel, please follow the advice from the CDC and the US Department of State.
For more information: CDC Travel FAQs
If you have traveled to a country with known outbreak of COVID-19, then please consult with your primary care clinician for further recommendations. Recommendations may include a two-week quarantine period. Since these recommendations and the list of countries continues to evolve, it is best to consult your primary care provider for up-to-date recommendations.
Children under 2 years of age and adults above 65 should ensure they are current with their pneumonia vaccines.
For more information: Pneumococcal Vaccine
In the interest of overall preparedness in the event of a worsening situation, the Jamat should keep enough food, water, and necessary supplies at home to last 2 weeks.
For more information: CDC personal preparedness
Recommendations for Older Adults


Older adults (generally those over 60 years of age) and individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness from Coronavirus. As such, even if they do not feel sick, the CDC advises that seniors follow these steps:
Stay at home as much as possible and avoid public places. This is to avoid being exposed by others who might be sick.
Ensure that you have at least 30 days of medications and other supplies, such as food and household necessities, on hand in case there is a need to stay indoors for an extended period of time.
Safety Measures and Changes in Programming

Special task forces dedicated to working with health professionals and other experts have been created to take appropriate steps for the Jamat’s safety during this time.
All Jamatkhanas have hand sanitizers available for use and measures are being taken to regularly disinfect and keep our spaces clean. You are requested to use these sanitizers when entering and leaving Jamatkhana premises.
Certain temporary changes in Jamati operations have been made, and Jamati social programming is being limited to avoid crowds.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:49 am    Post subject: National Council and Jamati institutions Kenya Reply with quote

Announcement from the National Council and Jamati institutions
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Update for Kenya
16th March 2020

As the Jamat knows, the Government of Kenya yesterday confirmed two more cases of the Coronavirus in Nairobi. The President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, announced specific measures that are being taken by the Government of Kenya to reduce the risk of transmission.
These are:
The Government is suspending entry into Kenya of all persons travelling from countries that have confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Only citizens and foreigners with valid permits will be allowed
to enter Kenya provided they proceed to self-quarantine or be quarantined in a government designated facility. This directive will take effect in 48 hours to allow for any passengers who may be en route. This directive will remain in effect for 30 days or otherwise directed by the National Emergency Response Committee.

All persons who have entered Kenya in the last 14 days must self-quarantine.

Any person exhibiting symptoms such as a cough or fever should seek medical advice.

Learning is suspended in all learning institutions with immediate effect. Primary and Secondary Day schools will be closed from tomorrow, 16th March 2020.

Boarding schools will close and ensure that students are home by Wednesday, 18th March 2020 and universities and tertiary institutions will close by 20th March 2020.

Where possible, Government offices, businesses and companies are encouraged to allow employees to work from home with the exception of employees working in essential or critical
services.

In order to reduce the risk of transmission through physical handling of money, the use of cashless transactions through mobile money and other methods is highly encouraged.

In line with the directive to avoid crowded places, citizens are encouraged to avoid congregating, including in places of worship, minimize attendance in social gatherings including weddings and funerals, and restrict the same to immediate family members.

Avoid crowded places such as shopping malls and entertainment premises. Minimize congestion in public transport whenever
possible. Limit visitors to hospitalized patients in both public and private hospitals.

Hospitals and shopping malls are encouraged to provide soap, water, and hand sanitizers, and to ensure that their premises are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

We urge all Jamati members to adhere to the Directive issued. The Jamati institutions continue to monitor the situation closely and will continue to take pre-emptive steps to reduce the risk of infection for the
Jamat specifically. The protection of the Jamat is our utmost priority and responsibility. In line with this, we will continue to provide updates to the Jamat as regularly as possible, and in line with the changing
situation. We will continue to communicate through various platforms including Jamatkhana announcements, Whatsapp messages, SMS blasts, the AKJI portal and The Ismaili Kenya Facebook page.

If you are aware of any Jamati member who is not receiving our updates, kindly direct them to the Jamati hotline or the National Council offices.
Based on international guidelines, global best practices (WHO, CDC) and lessons learnt and shared from other affected countries, we are providing hereunder detailed information to prepare the Jamat and ensure
the safety of all. The information provided here is not intended to cause undue stress or anxiety, but rather to help the Jamat to take reasonable measures to prevent transmission and infection, and to support one
another in line with the ethics of our faith. Let us ensure that in this difficult time, we look out for each other, and especially for the vulnerable members of our Jamat. Precautionary Measures in Jamatkhana Specific measures have been taken inside Jamatkhana for the health and wellbeing of all Jamati members.

Changes in Programming and Social Events

Personal Health
The decisions below have been made with careful consideration in order to reduce the risk of transmission for the Jamat, and should not cause alarm for the Jamat. We humbly request for your support and
understanding in this regard.

Tea and biscuits, and all other refreshments usually provided after Jamatkhana ceremonies, will not be served until further notice.

Bait-ul Ilm and STEP classes, and ECD classes will be discontinued at this time. We will inform the Jamat of any changes.
Jamati social programs: we will continue to inform the Jamat on any changes through various channels.

If you have travelled and are returning:
We continue to urge any Jamati members who may have travelled outside the country and are returning, to seek urgent medical advice, if they are experiencing the following:

A fever of more than 38 degrees Celsius

Cold or Cough

Shortness of breath

Prevention and Protection
In order to protect yourself please do the following:
Lather your hands, including the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails and scrub for at least 20 Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
seconds. Then rinse.

Use hand sanitizer to clean your hands when water is not available.

When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or a tissue.

Avoid touching your face.

Avoid contact with people who are coughing and sneezing.


If you are sick

If you have flu-like symptoms, please take the opportunity to rest and self-isolate to protect yourself and others.
Avoid public gatherings.
Do not go to work or school
Seek medical advice by calling the hotline numbers indicated below.
What does self-quarantine or self-isolation mean?
In countries at the epicenter of the Coronavirus, medical professionals have clearly stated that the lack of self-isolation earlier on possibly led to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. Self-isolation means cutting
yourself off from the public or larger crowds. You need to stay at home, not go to work, school or other public places, and avoid public transport or taxis.
If you are living with others, this means that you need to also isolate yourself from them, especially if they are more vulnerable or at higher risk of infection. If you are self-isolating:

Stay in a separate room, and where possible ensure that you have access to your own washroom.
Where sharing a washroom, use the washroom after all others, and do not share toiletries.
Avoid sharing household items, including utensils, towels and bedding. Wash these items thoroughly after use.

Ensure the surfaces in the household such as tables, doorknobs, phones and other electronics, and any other surfaces that come into contact more often, should be thoroughly cleaned or disinfected.

Ask for help if you need groceries, other shopping or medication. Ask your friends, family, or delivery company to leave supplies at the door where possible. Limit contact as much as you can.
Do not have any visitors over.
Wear a face mask if you must be around other people.

The Aga Khan Hospitals , Health Services and Emergency Hotlines
JAMATI HOTLINE
Jamati members can reach health, safety and security volunteers on a dedicated hotline number:
+254 (0) 709 299 299

Keep healthy

The following also help you fight infections:
A healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and less fat.
Enough rest.
Drinking lots of fluids, especially water.
Regular exercise.

Nairobi
The Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi has set up a 24/7 hotline number manned by medical professionals and providing credible information about the virus. In case you have any questions or
concerns, you can reach the hotline on +254 (0)709 931 700. This hotline is also accessible to anyone outside of Nairobi who may be seeking information. For up to date information, subscribe to the Aga
Khan University Hospital Nairobi website on www.aku.edu/akuhn
Mombasa

Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa: +254 415 051824 or + 254 (0) 791 182 945
Kisumu
Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu on +254 (0) 722 203 622 or +254 (0) 733 637 566
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health emergency hotlines: + 254 (0) 729 471 414, +254 (0)732 353 535 or 719

Travel
Jamati members should consider the risks of international travel, given the spread of the virus and the difficulty of predicting which travel destinations may put people at risk. Those age 65 and over and those with chronic health conditions should be particularly careful about travel due to their higher risk. We strongly encourage the following:
&#61623; You are at much greater risk if travelling to international conferences or large gatherings in enclosed spaces.
&#61623; Check entry requirements for the countries you are visiting before you travel. Many countries have implemented restricted entry regulations.
&#61623; Make sure you have checked with your employer before travelling. Many companies have implemented travel restrictions on employees in order to protect staff and workplaces.
&#61623; Consider whether, if you get sick, you can afford staying in a hotel abroad longer than planned, or, if you get stuck in quarantine while abroad, you have sufficient sick leave and can be away for longer than anticipated, if required.
&#61623; If travelling, consider purchasing adequate travel insurance that will cover you for a pandemic, or for any cancellation that will need to be made.
&#61623; If you have travelled and returned to Kenya, you should self-monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days after your return, during your self-quarantine. If symptoms do appear, contact the hotline numbers above.

Social Media and Misinformation
Sharing false information can cause much harm to the Jamat and the wider public. We are aware that there are many unverified messages shared and forwarded primarily on Whatsapp within Kenya. We are also aware that there have been some unverified messages shared amongst Jamat globally through email and Whatsapp with false information about the COVID-19. Please DO NOT share or forward messages that are not verified by medical personnel or the appropriate authorities. These messages provide misinformation and can lead to Jamat and the wider Kenyan public taking actions that are not medically sound, and that can cause serious harm.


Planning for your family
It is important to be prepared for all possible scenarios. We want to ensure that all Jamati members are prepared to try as much as possible to reduce the chances of infection.

We recommend the following:
&#61623; Do your shopping at off-peak hours.
&#61623; If commuting using public transport, try commuting outside of rush hour.
&#61623; If you are uncomfortable going to your regular gym, opt to continue your fitness regime at home
or outdoors.
&#61623; If you do become sick at home and are a caregiver for children or the elderly, ensure you have
other caregivers to help and take over duties so that you can rest.
&#61623; If a family member becomes ill, speak to your employer about options for working at home. If
you, yourself become ill, stay home and rest until you recuperate.
Regardless of this pandemic or any other potential threats, you should always be prepared with emergency supplies at home. Avoid panic buying. Keep your store stocked with non-perishable food items so that you do not need to go shopping if you are unwell.

Generally, your home should always be stocked with the following:
1. Medical supplies for specific family members
2. A first aid kit
3. Toilet paper
4. Feminine hygiene products
5. Diapers
6. Non-perishable food items
7. Drinking water
Economic Updates
The Economic Planning Board for Kenya shared an economic update specifically around the economic impacts of COVID-19. This detailed update is available on the AKJI portal and AKJI app (available on download from Google Play Store or the iPhone App Store).
Specifically, businesses should consider the following:
&#61623; Reduce reliance on a single market or channel for sourcing products and seek alternate supply solutions;
&#61623; Review expectations of revenue generation for 2020, especially on the key lines of business impacted;
&#61623; Ensureavailabilityandaccesstocapitaltowithstandshocksandmeetfinancialobligations. Many countries around the world have seen a total shutdown of their economic activity for an indefinite period and we need to be prepared for such an eventuality;
&#61623; Maintain a savings cushion that is readily available if required. Liquidity in the financial system can become sparse in times of stress; savings should only be deposited with sound financial institutions that benefit from a strong credit rating and a low cost of funding;

&#61623; Avoid excessive leverage and minimize currency mismatch (for instance borrowing in US Dollars when revenues are in Kenya Shillings);
&#61623; Scale back or defer aggressive expansions plans or speculative ventures;
Minimize unnecessary expenses and maintain low overheads;
In line with the Government Directive and when possible encourage remote working for non-
essential staff and provide working conditions that

Safety and Security

Unscrupulous individuals may use the Coronavirus and names of Government organizations to enable crime. The National Safety & Security Committee advises the Jamat to take precaution and not release any information nor allow unknown persons into your premises without proper verification including ID checks. In the event suspicious characters claiming to be from the Government or Ministry of Health approach your residence and refer to COVID-19 do not allow them entry without proper verification.
Please refrain from purchasing any purported COVID-19 self-test kits. The World Health Organization has confirmed that currently, testing can only happen in designated testing facilities.

If in doubt on these or any other safety and security matters, contact any of these Safety and Security hotlines: +254 (0)711778899 or +254 (0)719778899

Respect, Support and Appropriate Behaviour minimise transmission risk;

Jamati members should also minimise unnecessary spending and continue to be prudent with personal finances. Also in line with the Government Directive to reduce the risk of transmission, we highly encourage Jamati members to conduct cashless transactions using mobile money and debit or credit cards.

The Jamat is encouraged to contact the Economic Planning Board on phone at +254 (0) 735 681 105 and
on email at akepb@akji-kenya.org for any further queries or confidential advice on the above.

In line with the ethics and values of our faith, let us all strive to be as supportive to each other as possible.

If you have elderly members in your family or in the Jamat, or members who have chronic illnesses or lower immunity, talk to them and help them understand the steps they should take in order to keep healthy, including the recommendations outlined above.

Be careful not to make inappropriate judgements or stereotype specific individuals based on their race, nationality or physical appearance. Incidences have been reported in Kenya of discrimination and harassment of individuals based on perceptions of their nationality or ethnicity following the COVID-19
outbreak globally. Respond respectfully and kindly, but firmly, to inappropriate comments or behavior,
especially in Jamatkhana spaces or community social events. Consider the impact of your behavior on other people.
While it’s always good to be prepared, don’t panic shop or hoard at shops or supermarkets – this perpetuates panic and creates a shortage of supplies for others who are also trying to keep their homes, families and workplaces safe.

THANK YOU!
We thank the Jamat for all the support and understanding that you have given us during this time. We would like to also thank the numerous volunteers who are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all Jamati members.


Together, as ONE JAMAT, we will overcome this.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Register at INFOCOUNCILANGOLA

In order to improve communication between the Local Council and the Jamat, the Council's WhatsApp Broadcasting Channel is launched today. Read on for more information on how to join and benefit from this new service.

Given the current constraints experienced worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, society in general is having to adapt and find new and creative ways to maintain normality in their lives while respecting the limitations imposed by the pandemic. The Angola Jamat is no exception.

To respond to this situation - and as part of a broader plan to improve the services offered to Jamat - the Council for Angola accelerated the launch of a broadcast channel on WhatsApp to ensure communication with the Jamat remains undisrupted. This new, one-way communication tool will ensure Jamati members receive communications and announcements from the Council as well as information relevant for the Jamat of Angola.

How to Join

To join the channel, follow these steps:

1. Add the general number of the INFO COUNCIL ANGOLA +244 928 186 624 to the contacts on your smartphone where the WhatsApp application is installed;

2.

a. Send a WhatsApp message to the INFO COUNCIL ANGOLA with the word “ADICIONAR” to receive messages in Portuguese.

b. Alternatively send a message with the expression “ADD ME” to receive messages in English.

3. Within 24h-72h you will start receiving messages from the Council.

The Council kindly reminds the Jamat that this is a one-way, broadcast channel only, any messages sent to this number will not be monitored. We ask the younger members of Jamat to assist the not-so-young, should they encounter any difficulties.

On this auspicious occasion, the Council for Angola wishes the Jamat a hearty Navroz Mubarak!

https://the.ismaili/portugal/register-infocouncilangola
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Coronavirus Support Team Hotline

The spread of Covid-19 has left many of us within the Jamat feeling anxious and worried about their health and well being. With the wealth of mis-information and fear mongering currently around, it is difficult to know what’s correct, what the right things to do are, and where to go to find answers to your questions. The Jamati institutions will continue to advice the Jamat through the IIUK app, the Ismaili website and via the Al-Saha Daily Digests.

The Institutions have also launched the Coronavirus Support Team (CST), to help assist vulnerable members of the Jamat. As part of the CST, we have created a telephone and e-mail hotline for members of the Jamat to contact. The hotline is available from 9am to 9pm daily.

Any member of the Jamat can call up to get advice on a number of issues on how to manage the current climate. It is hoped the helpline can be a practical place to find accurate information, help from the Institutions, and advice to guide you through the financial landscape.

In particular, please reach out if you have questions and you:
• Live on your own

• Have any underlying health conditions, disability or fall into a Covid-19 high risk group. Those in a high risk group include:
- Anyone over the age of 70 years old
- Anyone over the age of 60 years old who would normally have a flu jab
- Anyone who is pregnant
- Anyone with chronic diseases including respiratory diseases, heart, kidney or liver disease, kidney disease, neurological conditions (Parkinson’s, MS), diabetes, spleen problems, immunocompromised, HIV/AIDS, takes steroids, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment or is seriously overweight (BMI over 40)

• Are a single parent family

• Live in a care home

• Find it difficult to grocery shop

• Have questions about self-isolation or social distancing

• Are feeling anxious about the current climate

• Have questions about the financial climate and are worried about your finances

• Need practical advice about the impacts of coronavirus on you and your family from any of our central institutions

Please note - All calls are confidential but some details will be shared with relevant teams and institutions within the Jamat to provide the support requested. When you call we will use IIUK as the primary source of data and it is important that you keep your IIUK data and profile up to date.

Coronavirus Support Team (CST) Hotline Numbers
United Kingdom:02081910911
Germany: 0 69 222 214 075
Austria: 0720 02 2905
Poland: 0223 07 2966
Sweden: 0850 63 8600
Netherlands: 020 262 8654
Denmark: 078 77 5052
Finland: 09 4272 3435
Norway: 800 25 142

E-mail support contacts:
United Kingdom coronasupport@iiuk.org
Germany & Austria & (Poland): gc-coronasupport@iiuk.org
Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Iceland: sc-coronasupport@iiuk.org

https://the.ismaili/uk/coronavirus-support-team-hotline-0
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Message from the President of the National Council for Madagascar


Dear Jamat, Ya Ali Madad

On behalf of the Mukhi-Kamadia Sahebs, Mukhiani-Kamadiani Sahebas and all the members of the Institutions, we wish all Jamat Navroz Mubarak.

Inshallah this Navroz will bring peace, happiness and Mushkil Asaan to Jamat around the world. Ameen.

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We are living in difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Difficult times are also an opportunity to come together and work together. We have to respond to this situation together, the first thing we have to keep is hope. I would like to quote from the speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam of May 2006 in Germany.
“If our animosities are born of fear, then confident generosity is born of hope. One of the main lessons I have learned after half a century of working in the developing world is that replacing fear with hope is probably the most powerful springboard for progress. ”

As Mawlana Hazar Imam said, we must replace our fear with hope. Human history is full of events where human civilization has been threatened by uncontrollable crises, and which demand that all humans work together and respond quickly and intelligently.

We would like to remind the Jamat to follow all the directives given by AKHB Madagascar (Aga Khan Health Board) through the Communication group of the National Council.

Like any crisis, this pandemic will have a massive economic impact on a global scale and it will reach us directly or indirectly. How can we respond to it? In our humble opinion, we must remain cautious in our decisions, manage resources well and refrain from making commitments that can jeopardize the economic activities of the Jamat.

Finally, we would like to reassure you that the institutions are working tirelessly to prepare a response as far as possible to this crisis.
We pray to Mawlana Hazar Imam, that he give strength, courage to all Jamat to face this ordeal and that this new year will be a year of serenity, peace and prosperity for the Jamat around the world.
Ameen.

Navroz Mubarak!

Pinou CHERALY
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COVID-19 Guidelines from the Aga Khan Health Board

To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and to make sure the Jamat is well informed on how to protect themselves, Aga Khan Health Board for the United Kingdom has issued the following guidance.

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Message from the Jamati Leadership on the occasion of Navroz

Dear Jamati Members,

On the auspicious occasion of Navroz, the Mukhis, Kamadias, Mukhianis, Kamadianis and the Jamati leadership of Pakistan pray for Jamat’s good health, long life and safety.

While we will not be physically together on this special day, our prayers will connect us spiritually in expressing our gratitude for blessings and hope for the future. Our unified resolve in this spirit of hope gives us strength to overcome the temporary challenge we face today and emerge stronger.

Jamat should rest assure that institutions are closely monitoring the COVID19 coronavirus impact on Pakistan and engaging with Government and AKDN agencies to take precautionary measures for the safety of the Jamat. We hope that Jamat will continue to abide by the instructions for proper hygiene and implementing social distancing. Volunteers are available to address Jamat’s health concerns.

This Navroz, with gratitude for Allah’s countless blessings, we pray for the wellbeing of the Jamat, our country, and humanity at large.

In an interview with journalists during the Diamond Jubilee, Mawlana Hazar Imam emphasised that, “Social ethic is a strong principle in Islam and I think that Muslims would be well advised to respect that as a fundamental ethic of our faith and to live by that, which means that we have to be what I would call an empathetic society, a welcoming society, peaceful society, a generous society.”

Navroz is a time to renew our commitment, as Ismaili Muslims, to be generous and supportive towards those in difficulties. Let us pray for strength to remain steadfast on sirat-ul-mustaqeem, be regular in our prayers and fulfill our civic responsibilities for the welfare of others.

May this auspicious day bring Barakat and spiritual enlightenment.

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COVID-19: Update
Message from the President of the Ismaili Council for the United Arab Emirates

Ismaili Council for the United Arab Emirates

Avoid spreading false and misleading information

Respect bans and restrictions imposed by the UAE Government

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Important guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and protect yourself and others.

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The Virtual Jamatkhana is open and accepts request for Waras for Dua, Ginan, Qasidas etc...

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2020, March 13: Following government recomendation and care for the Jamat's safety in time of Corona Virus threat, Jamatkhanas have closed temporarily in many countries. While nothing replaces a real Jamatkhana and until this situation lasts or if you are travelling in remote places without Jamatkhanas, You can join other Ismailis at any time 24 hours a day in attending the VIRTUAL JAMATKHANA, listening to Ginans, Qasidas, Dua, Waez etc
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https://www.sabado.pt/portugal/detalhe/covid-19-rede-aga-khan-disponibiliza-ala-de-hotel-para-pessoal-medico-em-lisboa

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Covid-19: Rede Aga Khan disponibiliza ala de hotel para pessoal médico em Lisboa


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A ala, com 86 quartos, pode ser usada já a partir de segunda-feira num hotel da cadeia VIP que se situa junto ao hospital Curry Cabral, na avenida de Berna, em Lisboa.

A Rede Aga Khan, em coordenação com uma cadeia de hotéis, disponibilizou uma ala de uma unidade hoteleira em Lisboa, para ser usada por profissionais de saúde, durante a crise causada pela pandemia covid-19.
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A ala, com 86 quartos, pode ser usada já a partir de segunda-feira num hotel da cadeia VIP que se situa junto ao hospital Curry Cabral, na avenida de Berna, em Lisboa.

"A oferta pretende responder a uma necessidade do Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, tendo sido operacionalizada em coordenação com a administração dessa entidade, bem como com o Ministério da Saúde e com o Presidente da Câmara de Lisboa", anunciou hoje a Rede Aga Khan para o Desenvolvimento, em comunicado.

O novo coronavírus, responsável pela pandemia da covid-19, já infetou mais de 667 mil pessoas em todo o mundo, das quais morreram mais de 31.000.

Em Portugal, segundo o balanço feito hoje pela Direção-Geral da Saúde, registaram-se 119 mortes, mais 19 do que na véspera (+19%), e registaram-se 5.962 casos de infeções confirmadas, mais 792 casos em relação a sábado (+15,3%).

Dos infetados, 486 estão internados, 138 dos quais em unidades de cuidados intensivos, e há 43 doentes que já recuperaram.

Portugal, onde os primeiros casos confirmados foram registados no dia 02 de março, encontra-se em estado de emergência desde as 00h00 de 19 de março e até às 23h59 de 02 de abril.

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The Aga Khan Network, in coordination with a hotel chain, has made a wing of a hotel unit in Lisbon available for use by health professionals during the crisis caused by the pandemic covid-19. The wing, with 86 rooms, can be used as of Monday at a VIP chain hotel located next to the Curry Cabral hospital, on Avenida de Berna, in Lisbon.

"The offer aims to respond to a need at the Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, having been operated in coordination with the administration of that entity, as well as with the Ministry of Health and the Mayor of Lisbon," announced today the Aga Khan Network for Development, in a statement.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 667,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 31,000 have died.
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https://twitter.com/TheIsmaili/status/1244384782819176450

21 March 2020 - Mawlana Hazar Imam sent a message with blessings for the global Jamat, through Malik Talib, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. The Talika was put on the internet by The.Ismaili in a partial version on 21 March and than with a couple of more sentences on 28 March 2020.


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Al-Akhbar | Friday, April 3, 2020

Quote of the Day

"Those who accept the normal responsibilities of life, with all the chances of minor annoyance and utter catastrophe, may know many small griefs and much great sorrow....but, if they are at one with God and have lived manfully, behind the mask of sorrow, bitter though it may be, their souls will be at peace."

Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah, "Aga Khan III: Selected Speeches and Writings of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah" (Kegan Paul International, 1998)
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Al-Akhbar | Saturday, April 4, 2020

Quote of the Day

Wherever there is a ruin, there is hope for a treasure - why do you not seek the treasure of God in the wasted heart?

Jalaluddin Rumi, Diwan-i kabir ya kullliyat-i Shams, Poem 141

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News, Media and Resources: Social Distancing

What can you do when 'Socially Distancing'?

Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by health officals to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather, to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Below are some pointers that can help you understand how best to practice social distancing.

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FAR EAST

Message from the President (5th April 2020)


Dear Fellow Community Members,

I last wrote to you a few days ago upon receiving Chairman Malik of LIF’s message from MHI. Since then, and over the past week, news about the spread of COVID-19 has become even more concerning. Several countries globally, especially the US and many countries in Europe have not yet been able to contain the spread of the virus. The number of cases has more than doubled over the past five days. Even more worrying is that fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:29 am    Post subject: Message from Hazar imam, Aga Khan for the global Jamat Reply with quote

Message received from the Chairman of LIF, - Leaders International Forum which is the community’s constitutional entity. These messages (Firmans) from Hazar Imam, to the global Jamat were posted online by M Talib - Chairman - Link below

Malik Talib says Hazar Imams messages ( Forman) included the following. [He has not given the full communication (or Firman), from Hazar Imam]

1 Hazar Imam asked him to convey his “best paternal and my best maternal loving blessings to my worldwide Jamat, and tell them that I think of them every minute of the day, each day, and I pray for Mushkil Asan and for their peace and happiness “

2 The Jamat “must remain strong and prepare to build, and to build well, when this crisis passes.

3 The world is facing a challenging time, and in these moments it is important that the Jamat remains united and focused on helping those who will need assistance and hand-holding.”

4 Hazar Imam expressed his happiness that all the institutions are working collectively to address the challenges that the Jamat is facing under the current circumstances

5 The Jamat’s safety, security and wellbeing is paramount

6 The Jamats entities must turn their focus to rebuilding, and repositioning, when this crisis passes & to focus efforts to build a stronger future for the global Jamat.

Therefore I asked for a copy of the full communication from Hazar Imam to the Jamats international steering committee - LIF, and let us know who are the appointed members of the Jamat in this Covid -19 committee. They have an obligation to give the Full communication (Firman) from Hazar Imam, which is for the Jamat and Jamat’s benefit. A reply is awaited.

In addition Malik Talib says As follows, to the global Jamat on behalf of the Jamats LIF steering committee;

1 The single most important action that we can take is to meticulously follow the advice of global health authorities by prioritising the requirements of “physical distancing” to protect ourselves, our families, and our Jamats. This means staying home as much as possible, and following the guidelines for washing hands regularly and thoroughly, avoiding contact with others, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and self-isolating if symptoms arise

2 This is a difficult time. We all miss attending Jamatkhana and meeting our family and friends. But for their safety and your own, we must stay strong.

3 Through this period, let us stay connected with our family, friends and neighbours over the phone or through technology. Physical distancing does not mean social distancing

4 We must stay united as One Jamat and support each other.

5 Let us remember to draw at all times on our faith for comfort and solace by calling on the tasbih as guided by Mawlana Hazar Imam.

M Chatur

https://the.ismaili/global/news/imamat-news/mawlana-hazar-imam-conveys-blessings-the-worldwide-jamat
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Finding a new normal: What comes next?

The Covid-19 pandemic, with all the uncertainty and anxiety it has brought, can also awaken a greater appreciation for all we have been blessed with, along with the confidence and determination to face this new, unfamiliar world, and all the challenges it has yet to bring.

“I’ve never seen anything like this” is a phrase you may have heard multiple times over the past few weeks. The coronavirus pandemic has turned economies and health-care systems upside down, and has separated people from their daily routines, workplaces, and loved ones. It has disrupted modern society to an extent that few have ever witnessed, in such a short space of time.

Remember February? The good old days when we all attended gatherings and shook hands; When you could easily book a flight or travel across town to visit friends; When a face mask was a beauty treatment. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were all enjoying the freedoms we had become accustomed to. Then suddenly, our lives changed, and we weren’t prepared, mentally or emotionally. Until very recently, we may not have appreciated just how lucky we were: what we thought was normal is no longer.

Only a few months ago, nobody knew that Covid-19 existed. Since then, the whole world has entered into what might be called a ‘liminal phase,’ or an in-between zone; a stage of disorientation, where the order of things has become suspended and a process of rearrangement begins. All around us, changes that used to take years are being compressed into months or even weeks. It’s an unsettling time, in which each of us has to navigate through a storm, without a map, all the while hoping that it will soon pass.

What’s the best way to deal with this situation? And what might the world look like in the coming months? Fortunately, when a storm begins to subside, the dust is cleaned from the rain-swept air, and the view becomes sharper and clearer.

In an interview in the French magazine La Cohorte last year, Mawlana Hazar Imam spoke about looking ahead to the future, saying, “the most important thing is to be able to predict change such that a community’s institutions can start anticipating and preparing themselves. And it's a very complex job, but it's fascinating and if it's well managed will produce excellent results.”

“I try to ensure that our institutions look to the future. Because in the end, anticipating is necessary in life, whether you are dirt poor or fabulously rich. You need to be able to anticipate intelligently,” he went on to say.

Looking ahead

Although the world may not go back to how it was before, this gives us the agency to shape what the future might look like, for ourselves and our families. As such, this is the ideal time to make decisions that could influence the months ahead. The current crisis will pass, but by anticipating trends and preparing well, the choices we make now can improve the quality of our lives for many years to come.

As we continue to witness through our glowing screens, the coronavirus pandemic is directly affecting every person on Earth, changing the essential nature of everyday life, and creating a ‘new normal.’ Every morning seems to bring unprecedented breaking news of pain and loss, offering a reminder that we should never take anything for granted.

Emergencies are often moments when things become worse, and people become more fearful, suspicious, and self-centred. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Even in the midst of suffering and grief, a disaster can shed light on the human capacity for improvisation, solidarity, resolve, and a reinvigorated sense of purpose, as we are reminded just how precious and fragile life actually is.

In times like this, when businesses become insolvent and governments are otherwise occupied, the crucial role of civil society becomes even more apparent. Rather than being part of the problem to be managed, people and communities can become an integral part of the solution to crises. Individualism is of little use when faced with a collective threat. Right now, we can either leave it to others to determine what the future looks like, or together, we can take things into our own hands.

For a start, we can begin to regard our common humanity as a strength, regardless of differences in background. The Sars-Cov-2 virus has no interest in people’s ethnicity, language, gender, or status; only in the fact that we are human, which reminds us that across the globe, we are all in this together. Ironically, disconnecting physically has made us realise again how emotionally and spiritually connected we really are.

Silver linings

Many of the recent changes to everyday life have come about very rapidly, aided by technology. Some of these are due to circumstance, like children being home-schooled and adults working from home. Some are undesirable, such as the loss of incomes, the spreading of fake news and scams, and the negative effects on mental health.

Other changes have actually been positive. Washing hands and personal hygiene have become priorities, healthcare heroes are being celebrated, parents and children are spending more time with each other, and checkout staff and delivery drivers are now regarded as essential workers. Communities are coming together, even while staying physically apart, and vulnerable members are being cared for as a priority.

Take a look outside: birds are everywhere. While planes are grounded, cars are still, and people are stuck indoors, inquisitive wild animals are venturing into empty city streets. Carbon emissions are at their lowest for years, and with less air pollution, the stars are more visible in the night sky. We have seen that rapid and large-scale change is indeed possible.

As individuals and communities, we can learn from these recent positive developments, and keep them going even when lockdowns are lifted. If we can do so, then family and friends will be more appreciated, diversity will be better understood, and positive values will be shared more widely. People will have a greater awareness of public health and the common good, and tomorrow’s young children might even proclaim: “When I grow up, I’m going to be an epidemiologist.”

The world now finds itself at a crossroads. What happens next may depend on our ability to leave aside the undesirable developments when we emerge from this situation, and instead bring with us the positives. The choice we face involves going back to how things were before, with old ways of doing things, returning to prejudice and materialism, and not caring for the planet.

Instead, during this in-between period, we might try to anticipate intelligently, and reposition our outlook to become more humble, more grateful, and more in tune with the natural world. As Mawlana Hazar Imam stated in his message to the worldwide Jamat on 28 March, “We must remain strong and prepare to build, and to build well, when this crisis passes.”

And so, when this crisis does eventually pass, what will the ‘new normal’ look like?

As members of a globally connected community, it’s up to each one of us to decide.

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Messages from Northeast Mukhi and Kamadia Sahebaan

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Message From Aziz Merchant President Ismaili Community In The UAE

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Message from Florida Mukhi Kamadia Sahebaan

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Address to the Community in Urdu by Khalil Mohammad, Vice President

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Talika dated 23 April 2020

My beloved spiritual children,

My Jamat is aware that the Covid-19 virus has created a global crisis that is also affecting the Jamat worldwide. As Imam-of-the-Time, I have recommended the Jamati and AKDN institutions and agencies to closely monitor the impact of this pandemic, and to extend support and assistance to the Jamat and the communities in which they live.

The Covid-19 virus is highly contagious, and every day we are witnessing the damage it is inflicting on human lives and societies. In facing this threat, it is very important that all members of my Jamat should take personal responsibility for exercising all possible steps to protect their own good health, safety and wellbeing, and that of their family.

Among the most critical of the measures recommended by all government and health agencies are the maintenance of the best standards of personal hygiene, and practising the notion of physical distancing. While not easy, physical distancing is essential.

It is my wish that my murids, and all those among whom they live, should follow these as well as all other guidelines and recommendations that the government and health authorities issue.

It is my hope and prayer that, in due course, work on producing vaccines and other forms of medicine will yield positive results, and that we will see a gradual return to normal life in all societies.

As we focus now on overcoming the present challenges, the Jamat and all my institutions should plan to build for the future from a position of strength and wisdom.

I send my most affectionate paternal, maternal loving blessings for the good health, safety, and well-being of all my murids, with best loving blessings for mushkil-asan.

My Jamat worldwide is constantly in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Yours affectionately,

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