(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/24/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today endorsed a public service campaign launched by the Baltimore City Health Department to encourage faith communities to observe religious holidays safely in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
The graphic includes a Ramadan greeting, and features a Hadith, or a record of prophetic tradition and saying, that encourages self-isolating during a public health crisis.
Mosques across Maryland have canceled prayer services and moved many planned activities online for weeks in accordance with Governor Hogan’s stay-at-home executive order, to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and risk of transmission.
This has led to logistical challenges during the holy month of Ramadan which is the busiest time of the year for Muslim communities. Many mosques have transitioned to offering “drive thru iftars” and live-streaming sermons and webinars for communities to have some level of connectedness.
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“This Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims to experience the blessings of the month in a unique way,” said Director of CAIR’s Office in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “We appreciate the support and well-wishes of government agencies like the Baltimore City Health Department during these challenging times and continue to encourage our communities to abide by governmental guidelines of social distancing until this crisis is resolved.”
The agency issued similar messaging ahead of the Christian and Jewish holidays of Easter and Passover earlier this month.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062