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CAIR-MA, Mass. Muslim Community to Announce Distribution of 40K PPE Face Masks

(BOSTON, MA, 5/20/20)  — On Thursday, May 21, the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) and the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) – the largest mosque in New England – will hold a virtual news conference at 3 p.m. EDT to announce the distribution of 40,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) face masks to high-need areas via local mosques.

The initiative is taking place in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and are encouraged to perform acts of charity.

[MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media are invited to join via the following Zoom link: conference will require a password. Please contact CAIR-MA at for the password prior to joining.]

The initiative, led by a group of local Muslim physicians, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) and CAIR-MA, obtained the masks through a volunteer fundraising effort, and they will be distributed via the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon and Quincy, and Masjid Al-Islam in Rhode Island.

The centers are anticipated to distribute the masks to groups such as first responders, police officers, nursing home staff, and medical workers, based on local needs.

“As Muslims, we’re humbled to be able to live out our faith by serving our neighbors,” said Wael Alkhairo, executive director of the ISBCC. “We’re called to both pray and take action when we witness a need, and during the holy month of Ramadan in particular, it’s our duty to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of those around us.”

“We’re grateful to be able to take tangible actions to support our community during these challenging times,” said John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-MA. “There is no better time than Ramadan to show those in the Greater Boston area that we support them.”

Those interested in supporting the effort can donate at, noting that the donation should go toward “PPE.”

CAIR recently launched an online information portal offering vital information on the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American Muslims and the entire society.


Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.


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-MA Executive Director John Robbins, 617-862-9159,; ISBCC CEO Wael Alkhairo, 703-475-4589,

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