To all those who use Masjid Nagoya, Assalamualaikum.
The Japanese government released a statement on the 20th to “continue avoiding places that have poor ventilation and air exchange with many people gathering very closely and talking in close distances” (Translated excerpt from “Message to the People in Japan Regarding Organization of Events” by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare). This statement by the government is in response to being advised by experts that the measures being taken now to prevent the spread of the virus must be further continued.
Masjid Nagoya hereby announces that Friday prayers and other gatherings will all continue to be canceled until announced otherwise. When the situation becomes better and safer, Masjid Nagoya will then announce the commencement of Friday Prayers and other gatherings once again. Should you need any clarification, please feel free to contact us through e-mail. (Please refrain from calling for inquiries on this matter) firstname.lastname@example.org
There are scholarly stances that the Friday prayer may be offered in small groups even if it is not offered in Masjids. After a meeting of Masjids and Islamic organizations in Japan, a request to temporary stop Friday prayers and large gatherings was formally released (March 19th. Written by Sheikh Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan Nadwi, Mr. Aquil Siddiqui, Sheikh Saeed Sato). An excerpt from the statement reads as follows: “Conduct Friday prayer at your own places, as Friday prayer is valid with minimum of 3 people according to fatwas of many Islamic scholars. For your convenience, we also attach here a copy of short ‘sermon’ in Arabic, English, Urdu and Japanese, which you can read before praying Friday prayer at your place”. Arabic, English, Urdu, Japanese