Coronavirus: People keep gathering to offer Nazam, say Corona can’t infect them

While the Indian government is urging its citizens to avoid crowded places amid the coronavirus fears, Hundreds of Muslims were seen performing Namaz (Prayer) in Mumbai on Friday.

At a time when the rest of the world is avoiding leaving home in the current outbreak of coronavirus, Muslim people in the country are adamant that they will continue to offer Salah in the crowd.

India is currently in stage 2 of the COVID 19 pandemic, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research whereas Italy is in stage 3. The government is making all necessary efforts to bring stage 2 under control and wants to make sure that India will not become another Italy. To combat the deadly disease, the government has appealed to all citizens to maintain social distancing.

Muslim people, on the other hand, are adamant that they will continue to do Salah in the crowd. When asked why they do not follow the appeal made by the government, they said that they have no fear for coronavirus as they have faith in Allah and they will never be infected with the virus.

When they were asked to avoid gathering, they stated that they can not perform Namaz at home as it is performed by several people together at Mosque. Islam does not allow them to offer Salah from home, they added. 

Earlier, a huge crowd was seen doing Salah at Jama Masjid in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged his countrymen to avoid social gatherings as part of precautionary measures to contain coronavirus outbreak, but Muslims believe that Allah is always there to protect them from the epidemic. They say that no disease can harm them as long as Allah is there.

Scientists are trying their best to find a complete cure to combat the fast-spreading disease. China too is finding it tough to bring the widespread infectious disease under control. Muslim people, on the other hand, believe that Namaz can treat the disease.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has now claimed the lives of over 14,000 people and infected more than 3 lakh people globally. The COVID-19 outbreak has also spoiled the international calendar of various sporting events all across the world.

China which has witnessed more than 3000 deaths to the Covid-19 outbreak is now seeing a slow down in the number of cases being reported. For days now, China has not recorded even a single domestic case.

Unfortunately, for now, there is no vaccination or cure available to help patients recover the deadly disease. So it is advised to take all possible precautions. People should avoid the area where coronavirus infection has been reported. Make sure that you keep yourself away from those who have coronavirus symptoms.

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.