Others think that's stupid as for them science and technology are the only solutions to the crisis.
I'm somewhere in the middle.
I believe that we should pray while utilising science and technology to fight Covid-19.
Well, actually I believe in that for everything.
As I wrote before, I'm not exactly a religious person but I do believe Allah decides everything.
So, whenever I say my prayers, I would ask Allah not to be too hard on myself with the challenges. For me, hopefully, with the prayers, He will decide for something favourable for me after all my efforts
Roughly, that's the concept as I understand it.
At the same time, I also believe that we need to do our best in face of those challenges, and that's where science and technology come into play.
I'm writing this because I'm a bit disturbed reading stuff from both extremes of late.
Those people really should just calm down.
If you believe prayers are better than everything else, go ahead and pray lah at home. I don't think anyone will try to stop you.
But, no need la to talk too much about it as there are others who disagree and find that quite irritating.
And of course, don't argue with the authorities about the closure of mosques and surau,,,,or churches and temples for that matter.
This is Covid-19 crisis, okay.
I'm actually baffled why there's even a need to explain these measures to the more religious types.
And then there were all those repeated notifications about the need to ban Ramadan Bazar.
What's that for har? Just ban it lah. It's so obvious we can't have crowded places like that. Don't worry about upsetting anyone for that, okay.
On the other side, there are those arrogant ones who seemed to enjoy running down religious people and their beliefs.
They lumped everyone religious into a group and ridiculed them all as stupid and backward.
Hey, you believe your science and technology can solve everything and you don't want to believe in God, that's your right, but don't la ridicule others.
If those people want to pray and believe in their God without disturbing you, why do you need to disturb them and calling them names?
Hey, who knows, maybe they are right and you are wrong.
Maybe their prayers for this Covid-19 to end will be answered and you all non-believers may benefit from it too.
What's the harm, right?
I actually first detected this trend of bashing the religious people when the tabligh cluster was first identified.
Even the media is guilty of this.They tried to highlight everything bad about that sort of people.
Even the Health DG had repeatedly advised the public not to blame or scorn the tabligh people because the formation of a Covid-19 cluster could happen to any group of people.
But no, they continued with it.
I remember when the Health DG announced the finding of a cluster originating from a person who came back from Italy but when asked for questions, the first one that the reporters asked was whether there's a new lead on the tabligh cluster and how many more of them have yet to come forward to be screened. It's a repeated daily question up till then.
Well, five in a family died from that Italian cluster. And that's because the person who came back from Italy failed to declare it and exercise self quarantine. The person was in Italy for holiday, not tabligh activity.
Other than that I also sense how some in the media reported with glee whenever a tahfiz was detected as a new Covid-19 cluster source.
I'm not a big fan of tahfiz schools too, but they really shouldn't do that. Just report things as it is la.
No need to add salt and pepper. Bear in mind that some church, temple and atheist people also kena this Covid-19 and infect others, okay.
Whatever it is, I think people should talk less during this Covid-19 lock-down.
Stop creating issues by running down others and their efforts to help fight this pandemic even if that effort is just saying a prayer for this country and all Malaysians.
Yup, the less bitching, the better.
Updates on April 16 2020 at 12:09
Meanwhile, in Thailand, the hospital staff in this video are seen celebrating a group of Tabligh people who were cleared of Covid-19. No prejudice. My respect for them.