TikTok stars say, “We will keep shaking hands, we Muslims Not afraid of death”

The entire world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted lakhs of people’s lives. By far, the virus has affected over 2.7 lakh people globally and the global death toll has risen to at least 11,000. Thankfully, over 85,000 people have recovered from the deadly outbreak.

While countries from all over the world are urging their countrymen to greet people with ‘Namaste‘ instead of the normal handshake, a Muslim boy in India is promoting handshake for greeting through TikTok.

In a video that is doing the rounds on TikTok, a young Muslim boy is seen greeting his friends with a handshake. When one person refused to shake hands, the man said, “We need not be afraid of COVID-19 as we are Muslim and we will not be infected with the virus”.

TikTok boy said that no Muslim should fear Coronavirus. We (Muslims) should continue shaking hands to greet people even if there is an epidemic. He further said that we are Muslim so we are not afraid of death. But he is giving a wrong message to his followers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, urged his countrymen to greet people with the ‘Namaste‘ instead of the normal handshake. French President Emmanuel Macron too encouraged his countrymen to adopt the Indian way of greeting people.

Most of the countries believe that Namaste is the best way of greeting others to avoid close contact with people. 

At a time when top leaders from all over the world consider ‘Namaste’ a good vaccination to prevent the spread of the virus, this Muslim guy believes that Muslim people can never be affected by the virus. TikTok stars said that they would keep shaking hands amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged all citizens to greet each other with Namaste amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but TikTok boys have no fear of coronavirus and they are also asking others to greet people with a handshake. They believe that Islam will protect them from the deadly disease. But they probably do not know, “God helps those who help themselves”

This TikTok guy is not the first Muslim man who says that he has no fear of COVID-19. Recently, a crowd of people was seen outside Jama Masjid in Delhi saying, “We (Muslim) are not afraid of Coronavirus, we come here to perform Namaz and we are safe by the grace of Allah”. They said that no disease can harm them as they believe in Allah and they will continue performing Namaz in the crowd.

On the other hand, women at Jamia are still staging dharna against the Citizenship Amendment Act and they believe that they will not be infected with COVID-19, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi will surely get infected with it.

It can be gauged from the fact that anti-CAA protesters want PM Modi to be infected with coronavirus, which has now become a global pandemic.

Why do these women forget the fact that the Modi government has evacuated all Indian citizens from different countries amid the worldwide panic over the novel coronavirus?

The coronavirus disease has sabotaged the international calendar of sporting events across the world. Even as China is finding it tough to bring the widespread infectious disease under control, several countries across the world are reporting cases of coronavirus. People lost their loved ones to the deadly disease which originated in Wuhan, China.

India has taken several significant steps to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. The Indian government has put a restriction on all tourist visas and all International flights have been banned for a week from 22 March. PM Modi recently addressed the nation and he urged all Indians to stay at home as much as possible. 

A janata curfew will be imposed on Sunday, March 22. “On 22nd March, from 7 am to 9pm, all countrymen have to follow ‘Janta Curfew’. If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the ‘Janata Curfew’ as well as the measures to prevent,” the PM said in his address to the nation.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.