Weekly Update from President

Dear Community Members, Asalaamu’alaykum I hope and pray that all of you are safe and taking great precautions amid this recent surge in COVID-19 spread in Texas and in Austin. The latest report that we have from one of our Muslim doctors, is that the rate of cases testing positive has increased from 14% two weeks ago to 35% this week. This means that every 3rd person who gets tested is infected and we are vastly underestimating the number of cases out there. The rate of COVID infections is doubling every 12 days. I have included a graph for you all to look at. Given the high rate of spread in Austin, we have decided to keep the center closed for the month of July. We will revisit this decision for Eid-ul-Adha and Muharram. Other Austin area mosques have opened but are offering very limited services out of concern for the well being of the community. However, in the meantime, the Program Committee and Sheikh Jafar have been offering some wonderful programs for the community. Last week, IABA was one of the sponsors for a wonderful session on Social Justice hosted by the Husayn Center for Social Justice. The Program Committee is planning other informative and educational sessions for the rest of the Summer as well to keep you all

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IABA condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence; and stands in support of the marginalized and those who are unfairly treated.

Dear Community Members, Assalaamu ’alaykum Justice is the base that supports the whole world – is what the marquee on the IABA campus reads. It is one of Imam Ali’s (a.s.) many sayings on social justice. The saying was put on the marquee in regards to the recent injustices occurring around the country and the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. IABA strongly condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence and stands in support of the marginalized and those who are unfairly treated. Human life is sacred and as the Quran instructs us, whoever kills an innocent person is as if he has killed all of mankind, and whoever saves a person is as if he has saved all of mankind [5:32]. Social justice is a key tenet of the teachings of our beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) and his Ahl-ul-Bayt (a.s.). It was the Prophet’s (s.a..w) teachings on social justice that transformed a society which valued wealth, race, lineage, and tribe into one where people were valued for their piety and taqwa, regardless of the color of their skin, wealth, or lineage. We need to uphold those teachings. Thank you to all those who generously donated during the Ramadan Fundraising. May Allah reward them for their generosity. Our final tally stands at $25,159! This is a first —

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COVID-19 Announcments

Asalaamu’ Alaykum Dear Community Members,

I pray you’re in good health.

In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to take precaution and be more conscious about each other’s health and safety. The COVID-19 virus condition is worsening by the day and will continue to worsen before it starts to get better. At IABA, we’re committed to protecting our community. We’re adhering to CDC’s recommendation of social distancing and the center will remain closed until further notice.

We advise all to take this very seriously and take all the necessary precautions as suggested by the CDC and other public health organizations. I have included information compiled by our COVID-19 team at the bottom of this email. Please review the information provided as it is imperative that we follow them to keep ourselves and others safe.

Please note if you’re sick or have symptoms, Call your primary health provider or Austin Public Health at 311 immediately.