May 1, 2021 | Ramadan 19, 1442 AH
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Abundant Peace, Blessings and Salutations upon the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
We, at the Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force, supported by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Muslim Council of Peel, the Muslim Medical Association of Canada, and the Canadian Council of Imams have reviewed an announcement circulating within our communities regarding a gathering labelled as “Proper Eid Prayer” being organized in Mississauga, Ontario, in contravention of public health orders.
This event threatens the health and wellbeing of Muslims and is apparently being hosted by a group with a non-Muslim leadership and notorious anti-masker conspiracy theorists.
One of the key articles of our faith is the preservation of life. Our rich history has a clear precedent of quarantine measures, restricting mobility during plagues, taking vaccines and deferring to health experts amidst a health crisis. We are proud of our Canadian faith leaders and community members as they continue to lead the way in keeping our homes, mosques, communities and country safe by following all public health directives. At the same time we are in great distress as our essential workers and racialized community members, especially within the region of Peel, continue to disproportionately pay the ultimate price during this deadly third wave.
We suspect that some media agencies may take this opportunity to report on this call for the defiance of public health orders. As a measure of caution, we highly recommend they do their research, do not re-share information that propagates falsehoods and identify this group’s call for what it is - a non-Muslim led, anti-mask, anti-lockdown gathering.