The Honorable Gregory Wayne Abbott
Governor of the State of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
September 9th, 2020
Dear Governor Abbott,
In Proverbs, it says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.” Your Executive Order (GA 29), on July 2nd, mandating Texans to wear face coverings, was a decisive and impactful action that saved countless lives and protected the health of millions of Texans. Additionally, it provided a pathway for our economy, the 10th largest globally, to safely reopen. It is a cornerstone of our faith traditions to dedicate ourselves to serving our communities and caring for our neighbors.
The damage COVID-19 has inflicted upon our communities is unprecedented, although the ramifications’ full extent has yet to become apparent. An estimated 12,811 individuals have died because of the virus within Texas alone.
Action is critical to slow the spread, and masks are an effective and accessible method that every Texan can take. Your support of this measure holds tremendous significance for Texas and grants us hope that additional families will not have to grieve their loved ones’ loss. As physicians, alongside our colleagues of many faith traditions, we have experienced both the joy of seeing our patients recover and the despair of needless suffering.
The tradition of caring for one’s neighbors is also emphasized in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “None of you has faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” In our current context, this reflects the need to act with our neighbors’ wellbeing in mind as our actions do not have an isolated impact but may directly jeopardize their health and safety.
Mr. Governor, we understand that you have faced adversity and resistance in light of your Executive Order. While we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we’re not there yet, but we will be with your order in place. As Muslim physicians, we would like to convey our sincerest appreciation for your resolve amidst an incredibly challenging time. You are not only in our thoughts, but you are also in our prayers.
May God bless our nation, and may He always let His light shine on Texas.
As mentioned in the letter, our state is just getting to the point where we can see the light, but we’re not there yet.
Our community is rich in diversity, outlook, and experience – and whenever we can, it is important to advocate for what is right. In this case, holding the line on mandatory masks is not only the safe thing to do, but it’s the right thing.
When the Governor and other elected and appointed officials hear our voice and see our support, it isn’t something you can ignore.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunsuke Satoro
At this time, we’re only attributing signatories who are either an MD or a DO. We are planning future advocacy efforts for a wider range of medical professionals in the near future.
This letter will be delivered directly to the Governor. We’ll close out signatures by Tuesday, September 9th, and delivered it shortly thereafter. Details will be released to all signatories beforehand.
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