Call of Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.
While recognising the role of science in fighting the disease, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity said, “We should not forget to seek refuge in God, the All-Creator, as we face such a severe crisis”.
In calling for worldwide prayer, the committee said, “Each one, from wherever they are and according to the teachings of their religion, faith, or sect, should implore God to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world, to rescue us all from this adversity”.
Their call also emphasises the importance of asking God “to inspire scientists to find a cure that can turn back this disease, and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic”.
The committee suggests Thursday, 14 May as a day “for fasting, works of mercy, prayers, and supplications for the good of all humanity”.
The committee calls on “all religious leaders and peoples around the world to respond to this call for humanity and together beseech God Almighty to safeguard the entire world, to help us overcome this pandemic, to restore security, stability, healthiness, and prosperity, so that, after this pandemic is over, our world will become a better place for humanity and fraternity than ever before”.
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was established last year as a concrete response to the Document on Human Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, during the Pope’s Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates in February 2019.
The full text of the Document on Human Fraternity for world peace and living together can be read here.