Religious leaders and the faithful around the world will come together on Thursday, May 14, to observe a day of fasting, prayers, and supplications for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative was made by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (HCHF) as part of its efforts to realize the objectives of the Document on Human Fraternity.
The event will be accompanied by unprecedented media coverage. People would be able to interact and share their videos, photos, and posts through the hashtag #PrayForHumanity.
The European Organization of Islamic Centers, EOIC praised the HCHF’s initiative, WAM reported.
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Welcoming the initiative, Muhajery Zayan, Chairman of the EOIC, said Muslim communities in Europe will participate in the prayer.
His Eminence Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and other religious and political figures have announced their intentions to participate in the event.
In addition, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, said they would join the initiative.
In a statement cited by WAM, Sheikh Al Sharif Ibrahim Saleh Al Hussaini, Head of the NSCIA, stated that Muslims in Nigeria are supporting this call, as the Prophet Muhammad, PBUH, prayed to Allah Almighty during times of crises and hardships, as well as during periods of pandemics and diseases.
Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims has also joined the #PrayForHumanity initiative.
— The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (@HumanFraternity) May 10, 2020
Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam, Secretary-General of the Committee (HCHF) said the support to the initiative has been overwhelming.
“The overwhelming response with this call for prayer from leaders and peoples around the world is a true testament to human solidarity and grants us hope in achieving global unity based on human fraternity principles for the safety, security and health of all mankind,” he said.