Manhattan Imam Eases COVID-19 Pandemic’s Grief

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Bringing comfort to the dead and their families at the time of COVID-19 pandemic, with tens of people dying every day, is a challenging task.

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A local imam from The Islamic Cultural Center of New York in Manhattan, Imam Saad Jalloh, has been leading the charge by serving his wider community during this pandemic.

He works hard to ease pandemic grief amongst hospital staff, social workers, nurses, and doctors.

Lately, he’s been advising hospital staff members and answering the calls on what to say to a dying Muslim. Every day, he advises the sick and their families across the city by phone, offering prayer.

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Aiming to calm down deceased families at this time of sorrow and grief, Jalloh offers them words of ease, assuring them through prayers and reminders about the beauty of dying during a time of trial.

“As Muslims, we always try to live the life of expecting things and accepting them. Not to be surprised with anything new,” said Jalloh, Religion News Service reported.

“This is not what we used to do, but this is what we have to do now. We submit, take and accept it.”

Although New York city is in strict lockdown, Imam Jalloh continues to spend time at the mosque to do acts of service for the community. He collects and distributes charity and helps to coordinate community outreach.

His mosque continues to call the adhan with the amendment, from “Come to the prayer” to “Pray inside your houses.” 

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