Indonesia’s health minister asks Muslim clerics to pray against coronavirus

first_imgThe congress, organized by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), was held in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, from Wednesday to Saturday. Other senior government officials attending the event were Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, who heads the MUI, and Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi.The health minister – a seasoned military doctor – has repeatedly said he believes the power of prayer is one reason Indonesia has been spared from the virus outbreak so far. He noted that, from hundreds of samples tested by the government, none had come back positive, indicating that the nation was still free from the virus.“We can only pray, while also working, testing and taking action to detect [any virus infection]. If there is [a case of the coronavirus disease 2019], we will respond to it. We are still checking and preventing [the disease]; we are [taking measures] according to WHO standards,” he said as quoted by his opening speech, Ma’ruf said many Muslim clerics had recited the qunut prayer while leading the dawn prayers, and that could have been the reason why Indonesia had remained coronavirus-free. As SARS-Cov-2 swiftly spreads across the globe, infecting thousands of people from Singapore to Northern Ireland, Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, a devout Christian, attended a national Islamic conference on Wednesday to ask Muslim clerics to pray against the lethal virus.“I just landed here last night, [after] joining the Congress of the Indonesian Islamic Community. [The visit] was important, for I wanted to ask for a prayer,” the minister said as quoted by in Jakarta on Thursday.Read also: From military to virus outbreak: What sets Terawan apart from predecessors In Islamic tradition, a qunut nazilah prayer is recited when the Islamic community faces a calamity, including a deadly plague.“Many Muslim clerics recited the qunut prayer. I also read the qunut prayer to stave off danger, epidemics and diseases. That’s why the coronavirus is staying away from Indonesia,” Ma’ruf, who is also a senior Muslim cleric, said. Ma’ruf also expressed his appreciation for Terawan, who has worked hard to anticipate the outbreak. “He is the goalkeeper. Even though other countries have experienced the outbreak, China, Japan, the United States, Singapore and many other countries, [Indonesia hasn’t]. The Health Minister said it is because of the prayers of the Muslim clerics,” he said.The Indonesian government has not reported any cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday afternoon. Cases of the new disease have been detected in at least 50 countries across the globe. (ghc)center_img Topics :last_img read more

Official Kotoko supporters group ask club’s board to resign

first_imgKotoko’s National Circles Council has called the club’s Board of Directors to resign following the team’s consistently poor run this season.Kotoko’s form in the second half has been worrying, after losing three out of four games.Players and officials have been held hostage by fans after two straight games following what they describe as disgraceful performances.The NCC are of the view that the problem is with the board of directors.“What is the policy direction of the club and who has to serve the core policy of the club and again supervises the management? It is the Board who supervises everybody in the team so if something is going wrong then who do we blame?” said Yaw Mensah, a member of the National Circles Council Executives.“First, they told us the problem was with the players. We worked with them and sacked those players. Again, they said it was the coach, which we supported and helped them sack Didi Dramani based on what they told us. But the problem is still there! “They told us [David] Duncan is the best man to do the job and still the problem is still there. So it means they have not been able to identify the main problem. For us we think they don’t know what they are doing so we want them to step aside.”Kotoko, who won the First Capital Plus Premier League last season to cap a three-year streak, are currently occupying the ninth position with 25 points.–last_img read more