The greatest Islamic civil rights and advocacy group within the U.S. has urged there’s a diploma of irony in President Donald Trump deeming a mosque an “essential” place that ought to reopen, having as soon as instigated a ban on Muslims getting into the nation.
Some spiritual communities have greeted with warning the order by Trump to reopen locations of worship. He mentioned he had instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to concern steering for church buildings, synagogues, mosques and locations the place adherents of different faiths can collect, to open their doorways once more after the coronavirus shutdown.
“Ministers, pastors, rabbis, imams and other faith leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe as they gather and pray,” Trump mentioned within the announcement on Friday, describing them as “essential places that provide essential services.”
However, Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American–Islamic Relations mentioned that the nation’s Muslim colleges and neighborhood leaders “have already determined that mosques will not be open in the near future because of the health concerns brought on by the pandemic.
“That’s a dedication for them to make, not for the president to make,” he said, according to NPR. “I do not anticipate any mosques altering plans primarily based on what was mentioned by the man who launched the Muslim ban,” Hooper said, referring to the executive order issued in January 2017 which sought to ban the entry of foreign nationals from several Muslim majority countries.
While some mosques, such as in Houston, will open with limits on attendance, most Muslim communities are turning to technology to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this weekend, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
The Islamic Society of Boston’s two mosques will stream a virtual Eid sermon and communal takbir, followed by Eid car parades, Religion News reported.
Meanwhile, a televised Eid service in Michigan will be streamed on social media on Sunday morning, while the international Ismaili Muslim community’s new online streaming channel, tweeted that it will mark the occasion with a two-day concert by Ismaili musicians.
The Fiqh Council of North America said in a statement that Muslims should perform Eid prayers in their homes alone or with their own families and encouraged mosques to broadcast their sermons.
Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda, founder of the Qalam Foundation in Texas, said worshippers could still mark the occasion at home.
“We face the prospect of an Eid that’s troublesome and difficult. Similar to our mindset in Ramadan, we are able to and may discover a option to have a joyous and significant Eid,” he said in a statement.
The infographic below, provided by Statista, shows the U.S. states with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases across the U.S. as of May 22.