Partnerships built with our COVID-19 support group

Partnerships built with our COVID-19 support group

By Alex Barakat

CICC’S COVID19 Support Group Update

Assalam allaykum and Ramadan Mubarak to everyone,

I am happy to report that we have been conducting welfare calls to our members. The sisters have finished their welfare calls to our sister members. Alhamdullilah, everyone welcomed the calls and 99% were managing or doing well during this COVID19 crisis. For the remaining 1% appropriate signposting and help has been offered.

The volunteer brothers are making good progress getting through their membership list of calls and alhamdullilah, things have gone well there too.

In addition to this, contact has now been made with Refugee Action Colchester and 360, an organisation that amongst other things, coordinates volunteering within the Colchester community. With the cultural diversity and multitude of languages, we have access to in the COVID19 Support group we are in a good position to offer help to them and consequently they will refer some of their service users to us when needed.

A further development is that FoodInc has confirmed they can be emailed directly by our service users (who are unable to go out due to self-isolating etc.) with their shopping list, name, phone number and mentioning they are from CICC. FoodInc will then ring them to take payment over the phone. The COVID group volunteers can then be contacted to pick up and deliver the food. This is great news, alhamdullilah, as it streamlines this whole process.

Our helpline number is 07598 941828 (Open 10am – 2pm)

COVID-19 and Colchester Islamic Burial Procedure

COVID-19 and Colchester Islamic Burial Procedure

In light of the high number of COVID-19 deaths we have clarified the burial process for our deceased, fulfilling both government and Islamic requirements. Whilst no Muslim burials have taken place in Colchester, we have had losses within our community, in neighbouring towns. We want to reassure our members that steps have been taken to ensure we are prepared to support our community through this. 

The key features of COVID-19 burial process in Colchester are:

1-            Deaths can now be registered on the telephone within 5 days

2-            Contact the funeral directors and Colchester Mosque

Funeral Directors : Hunnaball 01206 760049

Colchester Mosque: Imam Shamsul Islam 07758 003257

Koysor Chowdhury 07907701495

or Bashir Goni 07912026383

You can also contact Colchester Mosque to be put in touch with the Community Bereavement Support Group . 

3-            The deceased will be taken directly to the Funeral Directors (not to deceased home or masjid).

4-            Hunnaball of Colchester Funeral Directors allow us to perform the washing and shrouding of our deceased with full PPE protection (max 2 persons) and for family to see the deceased (max 2 persons at a time).

5-            Deceased will be taken directly to the Cemetery (not to the Masjid) for burial. Solaatul-Janazah will be performed at the Cemetery.

6-            Colchester Cemetery allows Islamic burial with shroud only (no coffin required). Max 10 persons may attend burial. No PPE necessary but 2m social distancing applies. Please do not attend if you are suffering with coronavirus symptoms, self isolating or shielding.

We have formulated a Burial Guidance Document to allow greater understanding of what happens and to fully prepare in the event of someone in the near family passing away.

It features a Practical Guide of what needs to be done, fulfilling both government regulation and Islamic requirements. Thereafter it goes through the complete Islamic rites of passage, including the relevant prayers.

May Allahﷻ  bestow His infinite Mercy upon us, Pardon our faults, Cure our sick and allow our deceased, eternal paradise without reckoning. Ameen.

Jazakummullah Khair.

Keeping connected – to our Almighty Creator and to each other…

Keeping connected – to our Almighty Creator and to each other…

Sometimes we underestimate how connected we are as a Muslim Ummah. The bond which unites us together brings us closer to each other than we could ever imagine.

Alhamdulilah, on Sunday 5th April, twenty plus brothers came together to join our first weekly Brothers’ Online Meet Up.

In our session we focussed on:

  1. Our connection to Almighty Allah SWT
  2. Our connection to each other

We began with everyone informally introducing themselves. As nearly everyone there had been trying some YouTube courses to improve their connection with Allah, we took some feedback and encouraged each other to continue learning and developing their connections to Allah

Then we touched upon why it’s so pertinent to connect to Allah.

Check our 8-part short video clips from the session

So, we appreciated that, if we want to become better Muslims, we do need to actively focus on improving our connection to Allah.

This requires a basic understanding of our soul and the spiritual world. The more we develop our awareness of Allah, the more we notice the effect of this even in the physical world…

This insight is incredibly powerful.

2 ways of learning

  1. Information
  2. Activation

In the physical world we often learn through information. However, activation is actually much quicker.

How to have more activations

All Muslims will have different types of activations throughout their spiritual journeys. However, it is possible to actively seek activations

There are 3 courses on YouTube which are especially effective at delivering these activations:

  1. Quran course – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Fz9W-eTyRduWfbqKDSrMMYOzoGLnGSX
  2. Gratitude course – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Fz9W-eTyRfHWiXaZNJ15v3E-GXXKIDI
  3. Dua course – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Fz9W-eTyRf3MyrhPjwYa-vZtGtkunsE

Breathing properly

Whilst on our spiritual journey, we’ll realise that breathing is very important.

On Sunday we all did a breathing exercise together. Please bear in mind, that although you may think you are very competent at breathing, you probably can still improve a LOT.

Unconscious energy

This term is used in the breathing video above. It’s useful to be able to notice this…

Keep in mind that we often are a little scared of our mistakes. So, we’ll unconsciously avoid them – at all costs. Once we give this avoidance a name, it becomes much easier to notice it and to easily navigate around it.

Live activation

On Sunday, we had a live activation session. Together, we learnt to make a dua to Allah, to help us concentrate whilst reciting the Quran. We also noticed unconscious energy and had many insights on how to be more connected to Allah.

Impact awareness

We finished the session by bringing awareness to the importance of community. We all encourage each other and we all depend on each other’s support.

It’s also useful to be aware of the impact which you’re already having on others. We will call this “impact awareness”. Notice the positive impact you have on your kids/parents/siblings/relatives/friends and your environment.

Appreciating your current impact makes it easier for you to enhance your impact.

I really enjoyed hosting the class on Sunday. I’d like to mention that it can only happen if you guys attend and really try and join in as much as you can. I really appreciate the positive vibe all the brothers maintained throughout the session. It really made it enjoyable.

I hope you all take benefit from the free courses on my YouTube channel. They will help your spiritual journey  I look forward to seeing everyone at 2pm every Sunday until 7th June.

Book your places of the Brothers’ or Sisters‘ Sunday Online Meet Ups!

Rekindling your friendship and love with the Qur’an

Rekindling your friendship and love with the Qur’an

We are now in our third week of lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Activities we’d usually be running have moved online and my first session at the Sisters’ Weekly Qur’an and Tajweed class has truly helped me to rekindle my love and friendship with the words of our Lord and Creator, the Holy Qur’an. Alhamdulillah.

At times like these no companion is greater than the Qur’an and no people more beloved than those dedicating their time and investing in our sisterhood, like Sister Dhuha with the wonderful support of Sisters Hasna and Wafa. May Allah SWT elevate them in His rankings and grant them the best of this life and the hereafter. Ameen.

Now that we are approaching Ramadhan, I couldn’t recommend these sessions enough as a way to boost our spiritual health and wellbeing. Join our WhatsApp group to find out how to join the sessions or email Shoomi@ciccentre.org to get more info.

#StaySafe #StayHome #Reconnect