[…] The communal Friday noon prayer for Muslims also could be affected if the flu worsens, said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Islamic scholars consulted by CAIR said that the prayer time, when worshippers are often packed shoulder to shoulder, toe to toe, can be canceled, and done privately, in regions where flu cases are confirmed, Hooper said.
Hooper hadn’t heard of any cancellations as of Thursday afternoon.
“At least we wanted to make sure that imams or the prayer leaders knew that was an option and that they were informing congregations as the crisis unfolds,” he said. (More)