Navigation Links
CAIR Asks U.S. Muslim Prayer Leaders to Urge Swine Flu Precautions
Date:4/29/2009

Mosque leaders called on to offer health tips after daily, Friday prayers

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group today called on Islamic religious leaders, or imams, to use daily and Friday congregational prayers in the nation's mosques as a platform for providing information about preventing the spread of swine flu.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said imams are in a unique position to offer public health information to American Muslims because they lead congregational prayers every day in the more than 2,000 mosques nationwide.

CAIR is suggesting that imams stay up-to-date on the spread of swine flu in their areas and stress the possibility of temporarily avoiding Islamic cultural traditions such as handshakes or hugs of greeting during a local health crisis. Imams are also being asked to be aware of swine flu symptoms that include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

"In times of crisis, public health and safety takes precedence over normal actions and activities that could lead to the spread of infection," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Imams, because of their access to those attending mosques every day, are well-placed to offer advice to community members based on input from public health authorities."

Awad added that Islam's Prophet Muhammad encouraged actions designed to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. The Prophet told his community, if disease breaks out in a particular area, "do not leave that place, and when you hear of its spread in another place, do not go there." (Al-Tirmidhi) Another Islamic tradition, or hadith, quotes the Prophet Muhammad saying: "A sick person (with a contagious disease) must not be brought among the healthy." (Fiqh-us-Sunnah)

The Washington-based council is asking prayer leaders to offer flu prevention tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which include:

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

* If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

SEE: Swine Influenza (Flu)

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

CAIR, in consultation with Islamic scholars, is also suggesting that imams and mosque officials consider taking other preventive actions recommended by the CDC when swine flu is confirmed in a community, including: 1. Worshipers who develop flu-like symptoms should be strongly encouraged to seek medical advice by phone and to self-isolate themselves in their homes. 2. Cancellation of classes in Islamic schools should be considered if there is a confirmed or a suspected case of swine flu in the school population. 3. Gatherings at mosques, even otherwise-mandatory Friday congregational prayers, should be temporarily cancelled if there is a risk of spreading infection.

SEE: When Human Infection with Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus is Confirmed in a Community

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/mitigation.htm

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Muslim Team to Take Part in D.C. Race for the Cure
2. Malcolm X Daughter Travels to Ancestral Home; Joins Muslim-American Leadership to Fight Malaria in Mali
3. Muslim Groups Kick Off Ramadan With Anti-Smoking Initiative
4. Prayers From Maria - Childrens Glioma Cancer Foundation Hosts Sunflower Soiree
5. National Prayer Vigil for Life Opening Mass
6. A book of common prayers
7. A New Meaning of Thanksgiving: Miracles for Many, Prayers for All as Healing Services Come to San Francisco
8. Lutheran, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishops Urge Prayers for Peace in Sudan
9. Coalition of Leaders in Science and Research Commend Obama Administration for Commitment to Medical Innovation During First 100 Days
10. West Virginia Optometrists Partner With Sens. Byrd and Rockefeller, U.S. House Leaders in Improving Infant Eye and Vision Care
11. Health Care Industry Leaders Agree, Electronic Health Records are Coming, Says URAC
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, located in Southlake, Texas, intends ... , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their new “Performance Partners” program to ... teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as well as how to best ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... stories about real people of God in congregations across the United States. ... Presbyterian minister ordained in 1964 who has served congregations in seven states throughout ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Demonstrating their commitment to improving health ... departments have been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board ... network of communities across the nation whose health departments meet rigorous national standards ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... 82% of adults are unaware of ... kids do not brush their teeth the minimum two times a day that dentists recommend. ... students missing 51 million hours of school and adults missing 164 million hours of work ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... investment in Los Angeles based healthcare technology company California Healthcom Group (CHG). ... the US, and healthcare arena. With headquarters in California, CHG is a growing, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... capillary electrophoresis market to grow at a CAGR of 7.06% during ... Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis ... and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Newborns are highly vulnerable to infections ... their young immune systems typically mount weak antibody ... achieving strong vaccine responses in newborn animals, including ... trials — by adding compounds known as adjuvants ... papers, they also describe improved adjuvant formulations that ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ... from the TACTI-mel trial of IMP321 in combination with ... the first (1mg/kg) cohort experiencing a complete response. Recruitment ... cohort is expected to be fully recruited by Q317. ... the AIPAC breast cancer study are expected mid-year (recruitment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: