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CAIR Urges American Muslims to Participate in Today’s National Day of Prayer, Pray For Relief From COVID-19

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all American Muslims to participate in today’s National Day of Prayer and make du’a (pray) for relief from the coronavirus pandemic. 

By law, on the first Thursday in May the president issues a proclamation designating the day as the “National Day of Prayer” on which “the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”

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“Like many faith communities, American Muslims across our nation are participating in today’s National Day of Prayer by praying for relief from the coronavirus pandemic for all humanity,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw.

He quoted the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, in which God states: “I answer the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me.” (The Holy Quran, 2:186)

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.

As mosques nationwide have suspended all non-essential gatherings, CAIR is urging all essential Muslim frontline workers to pray as individuals and all others to pray from home.

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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