Recommendations include continued social distancing, avoiding congregational prayers at mosques and donating to organizations supporting vulnerable communities
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)today joined the National Muslim COVID-19 Taskforce, a broad coalition of more than 40 American Muslim organizations, in releasing an advisory that strongly recommends Muslims nationwide continue to take all necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset.
The National Muslim COVID-19 Taskforce strongly recommends, from both an Islamic and public health perspective, that the Muslim community take aggressive measures to reduce transmission of the virus, including:
- following public health guidelines
- practicing social distancing
- staying at home
- temporarily canceling public congregational prayers, including Taraweeh (an optional evening prayer) and Eid ul-Fitr prayers
- fasting and praying at home during the month of Ramadan
The Taskforce is encouraging Muslims to donate Zakat (obligatory charitable giving) and Sadaqah (optional charitable giving) to organizations that are supporting vulnerable communities in the United States and abroad.
READ IN FULL: Statement from the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 Regarding the Month of Ramadan April 22, 2020 / Rajab 29, 1441
The National Muslim COVID-19 Taskforce is putting great emphasis on the health and well-being of the American Muslim community, and its Ramadan advisory also includes best practices recommendations on: fasting, physical activity, healthy diet and nutrition, promoting mental and psychosocial health, and responding to situations of domestic violence (which has risen nationwide since the pandemic).
National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 member organizations distributing this community advisory include:
- American Muslim Community Foundation (AMCF)
- American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)
- Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Darul Qasim
- Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)
- Imamia Medics International
- Initiative on Islam & Medicine (II&M)
- Institute for Muslim Mental Health
- Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)
- Islamic Networks Group (ING)
- Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA)
- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
- Mercy Without Limits
- Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
- North American Imam’s Federation (NAIF)
- Penny Appeal USA
- Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab
- The Mosque Cares, Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
- United Mission For Relief and Development (UMR)
More Muslim organizations are expected to distribute the statement in the coming days.
The National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 is one of the largest
American Muslim coalitions in recent times and is comprised of Muslim public health and medical
professionals, civic and faith leaders, social justice and policy experts to
provide a comprehensive response to the needs of American Muslims during this
For more information on National Muslim COVID-19 Taskforce, click here. For additional community resources, click here.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, email@example.com