Transcript for Celebrating faith during uncertain times
It is faith Friday at ABC. No matter what the headlines are it's important to keep the faith alive. The executive director of the Mecca institute is here to share his words of wisdom. During this time of uncertainty. Thank you for being with us. We're in the midst of an islamic holiday. As you know, we're in the midst of a pandemic. How are you encouraging others to keep their traditions and celebrate safely? Thank you for having me, Amy. During the time of Ramadan which ran from April through may I send out a religious opinion telling people we have to follow the medical advice. In our islamic history the prophet Mohammed indicated if you're in a pandemic, if you're inside don't go out. If you're outside, don't go in. The goal is to prevent someone becoming a burden within the community. The medical advice has been to wear masks, not congregate in large numbers. That means for muslims not going to the mosque for weekly prayers in particular. Even at home not to congregate with more than ten people around you and also to plan well. When you go out for weekly shopping, get the things you need, get in and out, limit the possibility to run into people with the virus and bring it home. Keeping your congregation safe is the most important can you explain your role as an Iman? My role is basically like a minister or pastor. We generally lead prayers. We also talk to people and counsel them if they have particular issues with family situations or jobs or other things. If they have mental health issues, we advise them and help them find the type of medical help they need, as well as professional help. If they need a lawyer or other professionals, try to get them to the right person. You are uniquely and beautifully qualified to lead in these times. You're African-American. You're openly gay. In this current climate of racial injustice, how are you encouraging others to accept social differences? The main thing is just like in terms of us being a diverse country, we also as muslims will very diverse as well. The only way we gain to understand ourselves better -- that's one of the statements in Koran. One of the verses says that god created in different tribes and colors so that we'll be able to get to know each other better. This is one of the things we can do. Get to know people. See our similarities and if we have differences, find out how to understand them and accept those differences. It makes our community far better and far greater. It certainly does. This is my favorite part. I would love for you to leave our viewers with a message as we head into the weekend. Well, beginning, I would say we're still in the pandemic. I advise everyone to follow the medical advice. Dr. Fauci has been outstanding. Please wear your masks. Wash your hands often. Do not congregate in large numbers. Follow the medical advice. We'll get through this. We definitely will get through I hope for the future because tomorrow is a better day. Always. I agree. We can all use a little hope right now. Thank you so much, Iman. Thank you for your time and for your words of wisdom. Thank you.
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