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 the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Austin. The new COVID cases in Austin dropped a bit from 80 cases per day to about 74 cases. The 7-day moving average of patients occupying hospital beds is stable around 80 as well. However, new admits have trended slightly up from 12 to 15. Overall, the rate is stable but high and we need to continue to keep our guard up and implement all the safety precautions to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe. This past week we had, for the first time in six months, On-Campus Majalis. The On-Campus events were held to commemorate Arbaeen. It was nice to be back at the Center and attend the majlis in person with others. I would like to congratulate the program committee and the security team and other volunteers who made the events possible. The events were very professionally managed. The people to attended also strictly observed the SoPs. The response from the community and the professionalism of the security and program committee has encouraged us to hold the Friday prayer for this coming Friday on Campus as well. The event will be outdoors, and the SoP would be strictly followed. We

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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.