American Muslims are leaving no stone unturned in increasing their community's awareness about the swine flu virus that has been registered in several America states and is spreading globally.
"I think when we are facing challenges such as the health challenge of a pandemic, swine flu, that can become a very serious problem, we need to first brace ourselves and recognize [the problem]," Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a surgeon by profession, old IslamOnline.net.
Omeish, also the imam of Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center, devoted his Friday sermon mainly to talk about pandemics…
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on religious leaders and imams to use daily and Friday congregational prayers as a platform for providing information about preventing the spread of swine flu.
"In times of crisis, public health and safety takes precedence over normal actions and activities that could lead to the spread of infection," CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad told IOL.
"Imams, because of their access to those attending mosques every day, are well-placed to offer advice to community members based on input from public health authorities."
The prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group wants imams, who lead daily and weekly congregational prayers in more than 2,000 mosques nationwide, to stay up-to-date on the spread of swine flu in their areas.
It stresses the possibility of temporarily avoiding cultural traditions such as handshakes, hugs and kisses during the health crisis.
Dr. Zubair Saeed, a pandemic influenza educator at Fairfax County Virginia, is delivering lectures on swine flu at different mosques. (More)