IMI Headquarters organized a widely-attended International and Interactive Webinar (with over 1700 hits) on March 6, 2020, with experts (available on our resources for the public page). We have continued to organize regular webinars and interactive sessions including webinars on: COVID 19 updates, Mental Health, Livelihood and Financial Security in the face of global uncertainty, and medical specialty-based sessions like Diabetes, Ramadan and COVID19.
After the first webinar, the IMI Coronavirus Task Force was also initiated to brainstorm further, to cultivate appropriate resources for the public, share resources across the professional and religious platforms, and come out with a position paper, especially in conjunction with Shia Muslim rellgious scholars, ulema and intellectuals. This IMI National Task Force consists of about 70 physicians and other key opinion leaders across North America. This position paper was shared widely and open to institutions to sign on to as well. Regular conference calls between the Taskforce and Shia Muslim religious leadership across North America are held to ensure communication between faith leaders and communities, and from them to IMI for any assistance needed.
On Sunday, July 19th, an esteemed panel of medical experts, religious scholars and community members came together to host a Community Townhall. The town hall provided a space for brainstorming and collective discussions surrounding decisions to open up Imambargahs, Islamic Centers and Masajid this Muharram. The event was moderated by Dr Syed Yasser Haider, IMI Canada President.
Among our panel of experts were Dr Syed Mehdi Rizvi, Dr Shehla Naqvi, Dr Nasir Hussain and Dr Hasan Gokal.
Our esteemed religious scholars included Maulana Abbas Ayleya, Maulana Mahboob Mehdi, Maulana Baqir Kashmiri, Dr Hasnain Walji and Maulana Rizwan Rizvi.
To watch the proceedings of the town hall, please use the link below.
To see the community guidelines that were published as a result of the townhall, please visit: https://imamiamedics.com/page/statement-on-religious-gatherings-for-muharram-during-the-pandemic