Ministry to hold national prayer for people dying of COVID-19 – ANTARA News

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Religious Affairs will hold a national prayer (tahlil) on Thursday, starting at 19:00 local time, to pray for those who died after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

“The national prayer is a continuation of our inner efforts, raising our prayers and hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon. Prayer to wish the best for the martyrs, who died during this pandemic,” Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas noted in a written statement received in Jakarta, Thursday.

The national prayer will be held virtually and be attended by those from ministries and institutions, caregivers, and students of Islamic boarding schools, leaders of mass organizations, religious educators, civil servants, as well as the public across Indonesia.

The Ministry of Religion will prepare a webinar link with a capacity to accommodate thousands, so that the general public can join.

The people are urged to follow it from their homes.

The event will also be broadcast live via the Ministry of Religion’s social media account.

“We invite the people of Indonesia to join us in remembering Allah (dzikir) through prayers this Thursday night. Let us pray for the pandemic to end and pray for the martyrs who have preceded us,” he stated.

Earlier, the Ministry of Religion had held a virtual prayer with #PrayFromHome to pray to God for the COVID-19 pandemic to end soon.

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Minister Qoumas noted that the implementation of health protocols and vaccinations being promoted by the government are vital measures for self-protection.

Prayer is considered to be a powerful spiritual weapon for the people to support the success of all efforts being made in overcoming the pandemic.

“#PrayFromHome for Indonesia is an inner effort to perfect endeavors made by the government and various parties in dealing with this pandemic,” he stated.

This effort is expected to raise awareness among all levels of society to continue to pray for this country.

“We are very optimistic that the pandemic would end. The prayers offered by the Indonesian people further confirm this optimism,” he affirmed.
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