The Al Markaz ul Islami Mosque in Bradford has installed a ground-breaking infection control system to ensure visitors can pray in a safe, COVID-19 free environment.

The technology, installed by company P4 Technology, is the first of its kind in the UK and ensures a number of infection control measures are taken by visitors before entering the mosque.

The multi-layered system includes taking visitor’s temperature before entering the mosque, a sanitising station which safely sprays a sanitising solution on visitors and a state-of-the-art air purifying system, ensuring the environment is clean and free of COVID-19.

The Al Markaz ul Islami mosque, on Beckside Lane, is a local community hub and education centre which supports the local community. The new system allows visitors to attend the site safely and founder Mufti Qazi Hassan Razza hopes the new system can benefit the local community with a safe return to the mosque.

Mufti Qazi Hassan Razza said: “COVID 19 has had a disastrous impact on people’s mental health and spiritual wellbeing. This new technology will ensure that we can work towards making our communities feel safe, protected and at greater ease when visiting a place of worship.”

Dr Tahir Shaheen, a member at Al Markaz medics team and local GP, also praised the collaboration between the mosque and P4 Technology. He said: “Let’s be clear, the threat from COVID-19 still exists and I welcome innovative organisations that will help us move forward and tackle this threat, whilst simultaneously attempting to get back to ‘a new normal’

Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, and the local Neighbourhood Policing Team attended the launch of the new COVID control system at Al Markaz ul Islami mosque.

They have praised the installation of the new system and the approach taken by Al Markaz ul Islami, who have attempted to move forward despite the impact of COVID-19 on the community.

Naz Shah said: “Al Markaz ul Islami has led from the front since the outbreak of COVID-19 and again, we see they are providing a solution-based response to this unprecedented crisis. I congratulate the organisation and their team of medics for all their efforts, especially in developing this new system.

Judith Cummins said: “I am extremely pleased to see that the Al Markaz ul Islami is being proactive in its approach to tackle the spread of this deadly virus and it is doing all it can to ensure the safety of the community. This system is the first of its kind in the UK and I am proud that it has been installed at a mosque in my constituency.”

Katherine Benson, of P4 Technology, explains how the new infection control system was perfectly suited for the Al Markaz ul Islami Mosque. She said: “The technology installed at the Al Markaz provides 4 layers of protection. This includes infection identification, spreading control, air purification and surface disinfection.

Our focus is on keeping communities safe, and this fantastic system allows us to do just that. Al Markaz ul Islami was the right choice for us, it so much more than just a mosque, its multi-layer facilities make it the ideal location for this equipment.”