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Join world in tomorrow's prayer to end coronavirus pandemic

Filed on May 13, 2020
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Those joining the day of prayer are invited to share photos, videos and posts of solidarity and use the hashtag #PrayForHumanity.

Royals, religious leaders, heads of states and citizens of all faiths from around the world will come together tomorrow, May 14, to pray for "the good of all humanity" and "an end to the Covid-19 pandemic".

A global movement initiated by the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity (HCHF), 'Prayer of Humanity' will be a day of fasting, works of mercy, prayers and supplications - and set to be the "largest gathering of humanity" for one goal.

Those joining the day of prayer are invited to share photos, videos and posts of solidarity and use the hashtag #PrayForHumanity.

Since the movement was launched earlier this month, it has received massive support from religious, political leaders and institutions from all over the world, said Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, secretary-general of the HCHF.

Led by Sheikh Dr Ahmed El Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, and Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, several state presidents, prime ministers, along with political figures, media personalities, social influencers and prestigious educational institutions have also supported the call, Abdelsalam said.

He also extended the committee's appreciation and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his continued efforts to bring the global community together.

Dr Sultan Al Remeithi, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Elders and member of the HCHF, said the movement has somehow filled the need for a "silver lining" during the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Prayer for Humanity has sparked hope," he said, adding that the call has united prayers and hearts for the common good.
Yasser Hareb, Emirati writer, TV presenter, and an HCHF member, stressed that human solidarity is a value that transcends all limits.

"On Thursday, we will raise our voices to God Almighty in prayer and supplication to protect humanity from this pandemic as we have witnessed how harm afflicting one person, can in turn harm all of humanity."

Father Professor Dr Ioan Sauca, secretary-general of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and HCHF member, had called on members of the WCC to join in the global day of prayer.

"Due to this pandemic, many of our people suffer from a state of fear, mistrust, shock, isolation, social distancing and have even experienced deaths within their families or their ecclesiastical communities. While we continue to suffer from this global health crisis, our global solidarity through prayer will reflect our innate feeling of responsibility and care towards one another," he said. - Wam


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