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CHICAGO (FinalCall.com)—The Nation of Islam recently honored five of their own during a moving janazah service (Islamic funeral service) held at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. The ceremony was broadcast live via webcast and honored Sister Pamela Muhammad of Chicago; Brother Roy Edward Lawhorn Jr. of Detroit; Brother Kevin Muhammad of New Jersey; Brother Abdul Latif Muhammad of Jacksonville, Fla. and Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad of New York, all of whom passed from complications from the Covid-19 coronavirus which has claimed thousands of lives nationwide and over 166,250 lives globally.
Stay at home orders and social distancing requirements limits the number of people who can safely gather in efforts to reduce the chances of transmitting Covid-19 which makes holding funerals, burials, or memorial services for the departed, very difficult.
“This Covid-19 did not permit us to do the preparations that we customarily do for the dead. They’re washed, they are wrapped and that is not being permitted at this time with all of the restrictions. It seems so heartless, so cold. The stringent and rigid rules that you can’t even see your loved one in the hospital and even after they have passed you can’t even view them,” explained Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad.
“So we decided, let us have a national janazah prayer for all that we have lost in the Nation of Islam,” he added. “We want to lift those soldiers, those faithful followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
The service was held following Student Min. Ishmael Muhammad’s keynote message titled, “God is Our Refuge and Strength: A Very Present Help in Times of Trouble.”