Africa’s Faith Leadership in Times of Crisis: Ramadan Response to COVID-19

Eminent Muslim leaders of Africa and India along with heads of international interfaith organisations came together in unity and oneness to discuss the important role of Faith Leaders at this time, especially during Ramadan, in urging communities to stay safe, well and uplifted. Faith can keep us both spiritually grounded and physically safe if we are living consciously but also conscientiously following guidelines and rules.

Hosted by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), with technical support from UNICEF Tanzania, UNICEF Africa, and in partnership with United Religions Initiative and Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) moderated by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary General of GIWA and President of Divine Shakti Foundation.

Sharing the learnings and lessons from India, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji began the panel and was joined by:

  • Dr. Kamal Boraiqa Abdelsalam Hassan General Coordinator of Al-Azhar Center for Interfaith Dialogue
  • Sheikh Haroun Rashid Kasangaki Secretary General Union of Muslim Councils for East, Central and Southern Africa
  • Amb. Mussie Hailu Regional Director, United Religions Initiative, Africa
  • Sheikh Othman Mohamed Saleh Senior Advisor to the Mufti of Zanzibar
  • Sheikh Khalid Ali Mfaume Secretary General, Office of the Mufti of Zanzibar (MoZ)
  • Sheikh Issa Othman Issa Grand Imam, Masjid Ma’amur and Member of Muslim Scholarly Committee (Ulemaa)
  • Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Deputy Mudiir and Board Member Tanzania Ithna Asheri Community

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