Amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis, a female Hindu doctor’s act of reciting an Islamic prayer to a sinking Muslim COVID-19 patient has triggered a tsunami of emotional reactions in cyberspace.
As per reports, the frontliner, Dr Rekha Krishna -- serving at Sevana Hospital and Research Centre in Kerala’s Palakkad district -- recited Kalima (La Ilaha Illalla, Muhammadur Rasulullah) in the ears of a Muslim COVID-19 patient who was on her deathbed at the private medical facility. The patient then took a few deep breaths and left the earthly abode.
Dr Krishna said that the now-deceased patient had COVID-19 pneumonia. She was kept on ventilator support for over two weeks. When her condition deteriorated, doctors felt that they couldn’t do much to save her. She was taken off the ventilator and her relatives were informed about the development. Upon noticing the sinking COVID-19 patient, Dr Krishna approached her and narrated the Islamic prayer in her ears before she flatlined.
Krishna said: “My act was not planned. It happened at the spur of the moment. I was born and brought up in Dubai and I knew the customs and practices followed by Muslims… I was never discriminated against because of my faith when I was in the Gulf and I returned the respect when I got a chance… I don’t think mine is a religious gesture; it is a humane act.”
Several Muslim scholars congratulated Dr Krishna for reciting Kalima to the Muslim patient. Sunni scholar Abdul Hameed Faizi Ambalakkadavu called the news “heartening” and said that the doctor has set an example of communal harmony.