"The problem facing our people... is bigger than all other personal or organizational differences. Therefore as leaders we must... concentrate our united efforts toward solving the unending hurt that is being done daily to our people here in America."

-El-Hajj Malik Shabazz, 1964

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a public health crisis due to the rapidly spreading, highly contagious novel coronavirus. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus outbreak which originated in Wuhan, China, a global health emergency.   On March 11, 2020,  just 40 days after declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, WHO officially called this novel coronavirus a pandemic. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines a pandemic as "a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide."

 

What The Spread Of The Coronavirus Means For Black Communities

This disease is straining already inadequate health care systems across the country and the world, disrupting our communal faith practices, and drastically cutting household incomes. National, state, and local health and government agencies have taken measures to curb the spread, such as precautionary guidelines and issuing orders to shelter in place. Black/African-Americans, including Black Muslims, are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis due to several specific factors, including: 

There is mounting evidence that the Coronavirus will present unique challenges for African Americans. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has already issued a complete guide outlining the 10 impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak on communities of color.  To address the need for effective planning, preparedness, and organizing during this global pandemic within Black Muslim communities, the Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF) and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) launched the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition (National BMCC) on March 25, 2020. The National BMCC has since grown to include a 40 person interdisciplinary organizing team of community members from across the United States.

"The example of the Believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for one other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever."

-Prophet Muhammad (saw)

This coalition draws from our roots in the Black Freedom Movement and is grounded in the frameworks of radical healing, healing centered engagement and the cycle of liberationOur aim is to utilize community organizing principles, deeply rooted faith and spirituality and cultural resilience and knowledge to: 

  • Disseminate accurate and timely information to bolster individual and collective health and well-being.

  • Strengthen and support Black Muslim leadership

  • Support optimal physical health and spiritual and emotional wellness 

  • Share best practices and resources to respond to community needs in all phases of the pandemic 

 

To achieve this aim, we have invited Black Muslim Imams, chaplains, social service providers, health professionals, organizers, students, artists, activists, youth leaders and community members from across the country to “organize, mobilize, and build power” in six key areas: health and wellness, spiritual well-being, education, arts & culture, advocacy & organizing and economic development and to support those who are on the ground doing important work through skills, community, and power building.

National BMCC News & Events!

March 25, 2020: National BMCC organizer members Dr. Kameelah Rashad Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation, Margari Hill, Executive Director, Muslim Anti-Racism CollaborativeDr. Safiyya Shabazz, Owner and Medical Director, Fountain Medical Associates, PC, and Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant, Chaplain, Tufts University shared more information about this bold initiative on WURD Radio - the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in the state of Pennsylvania, and one of few in the country.

April 1, 2020: National BMCC organizer members Dr. Kameelah Rashad Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation, Margari Hill, Executive Director, Muslim Anti-Racism CollaborativeDr. Safiyya Shabazz, Owner and Medical Director, Fountain Medical Associates, PC, and Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant, Chaplain, Tufts University shared more information about this bold initiative on WURD Radio - the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in the state of Pennsylvania, and one of few in the country.

March 28, 2020: National BMCC organizer members Dr. Kameelah Rashad Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation, Margari Hill, Executive Director, Muslim Anti-Racism CollaborativeDr. Safiyya Shabazz, Owner and Medical Director, Fountain Medical Associates, PC, and Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant, Chaplain, Tufts University shared more information about this bold initiative on WURD Radio - the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in the state of Pennsylvania, and one of few in the country.

April 4, 2020: National BMCC organizer members Dr. Kameelah Rashad Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation, Margari Hill, Executive Director, Muslim Anti-Racism CollaborativeDr. Safiyya Shabazz, Owner and Medical Director, Fountain Medical Associates, PC, and Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant, Chaplain, Tufts University shared more information about this bold initiative on WURD Radio - the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in the state of Pennsylvania, and one of few in the country.

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"...And He who eases the suffering or distress of his brother (or sister) from the distress of the world, God will ease for him (her) difficulties from the sufferings of the Hereafter."

-Prophet Muhammad (saw)

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Interested in joining our coalition and finding out how YOU can get involved? We'd love to hear from you!

*Initiative launched by Muslim Wellness Foundation and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
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