The Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force (CMCTF) is a platform where medical, religious and community organizations across the country share knowledge, experiences and resources to develop interventions that address identified needs during the pandemic.
We are non-partisan and non-denominational, and aim to reach all Canadian Muslim communities regardless of geography, language, ethnicity, ability or socioeconomic status. We provide a platform to foster collaboration and communication between Canadian-Muslim community leaders, Imams, experts and organizations. We also collaborate with other COVID-19 task forces, public health, health care organizations and all 3 levels of government to help Canadians get through this pandemic.
The task force was born after a bold and unprecedented proactive call for the suspension of large prayers in congregation on Friday March 13th, 2020, across the country in advance of the lockdown announcement, by the Muslim Medical Association of Canada, the Canadian Council of Imams and concerned community leaders. This was based on the critical role that gatherings played in COVID-19 outbreaks and local evidence of community transmission.
During the initial lockdown in Spring 2020 and when our communities had just reopened, we supported religious leadership and communities to find ways to safely observe Ramadan and celebrate Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha.