July 20, 2021 | Dhu’l Hijjah 10 , 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, 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 well-being of Muslims and is apparently being hosted by a group of notorious anti-lockdown and anti-masker conspiracy theorists, who also hosted a similar event during Eid-Ul Fitr in May.
Vaccinations across Canada have gone very well, and we are delighted to see the province of Ontario gradually lifting public health measures. However, the pandemic will not be over until it is over everywhere, and a significant majority of the world has been vaccinated. The Delta variant, which is much more transmissible and may cause more severe illness than both the original and Alpha variants of COVID-19, is currently the dominant strain in Ontario.
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. Our faith also affords concessions for certain religious practices out of necessity and based on the advice of health experts, to avoid spreading infectious diseases like COVID-19 and harming other Muslims. As a result, we should continue to remain vigilant by following mandated physical distancing guidelines of 2 metres, which still apply to outdoor religious gatherings.
We are proud of our Canadian faith leaders and community members as they continue to lead the way in embracing all public health measures to keep our homes, mosques, communities, and country safe.
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 event for what it is – a second attempt to capitalize on a revered celebration for millions of Canadian Muslims, to push an anti-mask, anti-lockdown agenda.