Hindu community in UAE supports the global initiative to pray to end pandemic


The Hindu community in Abu Dhabi has extended its support for the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity’s call to pray for humanity on May 14, 2020 to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pujya Brahmavihari Swami, leader of the Hindu community and head of BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, has expressed his pride of joining the prayer.

“It is an inspirational initiative to get humanity at large united in the face of the COVID-19 onslaught,” he said.

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity issued a statement calling for the prayer, supplication and fasting. Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, and other prominent religious, political, and societal figures announced their support and participation in the global initiative.

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity comprises a diverse set of international religious leaders, educational scholars and cultural leaders who were inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity, and are dedicated to sharing its message of mutual understanding and peace.

Indians are the single largest community in the UAE, and Hindus make up approximately 25 per cent of that community Estimates suggest Hindu population in UAE to be anywhere from 6-10 per cent.