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CAIR-MI Partners with Michigan Department of Corrections to Provide Religious Programming for Muslims During Pandemic Threat

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/13/2020) – The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), the local chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced its partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to provide religious programming for Muslims who cannot attend Friday congregational prayers due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

CAIR-MI was notified by Muslims housed with the MDOC that all congregational prayers had been stopped as a result of the precautions to stem the spread of COVID-19 within the prison system.

In an effort to provide religious programming since the Friday sermon, or “Jummah Khutbah,” had been cancelled, CAIR-MI and MDOC are partnering up to obtain video lectures taped by local Imams that will be broadcast throughout MDOC facilities during the time Muslims would normally attend Friday prayers.

“During this difficult time, we are pleased to work with MDOC to ensure that Muslims in their custody are able to receive spiritual reminders according to their faith tradition,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.  “Given that the month of Ramadan — which is the most sacred time in the Islamic calendar — is approaching, access to religious sermons for Muslim inmates take on even greater importance.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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 evening, CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 8 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.


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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid,, (248) 842-1418

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