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Two areas in Simpang Renggam, Johor are currently under total lockdown as 61 positive cases of Covid-19 were found there. 3,570 people from 650 families will not be able to go out from their homes for two weeks. Not even for groceries. Food will be supplied to them by the Social Welfare Department.

“Pray for Simpang Renggam”, appealed the MP of the constituency.

How did some people respond to his appeal ?

“The world has been praying for a month – the skyman ain’t coming down ok. Face the facts…Stay Home. Only science can find a solution. Not any magical stuff”
“No one knows whether there is a God”
“Praying is good, of course. But can you please tell us what is the religion’s teaching on the pandemic? Will God protect His faithful so that they will not be infected with the virus? This is some of the things that people want to know? They would want to know what is the purpose of praying”
“It’s taken the human race at least 2000 yrs to come to terms with the reality that prayer achieves nothing. In fact it’s just another excuse for doing nothing”
“Your BS prayers or asking Malaysians to help you pray will do absolutely nothing for the people in total lockdown”
“The score – Darwin : 1. God : 0”

From the comments, I see a fallacy or error in reasoning happening here :
People have prayed.
But it has not solved the problem.
So prayer does not work.
And since prayer brings nothing,
God does not exist.

In Islam, we believe that God is The All-Hearing, The All-Seeing and The Most Wise.
He hears all sounds, the loudest and the softest.
He sees everything, nothing escapes Him.
He knows the realities of things and places things in their appropriate places.

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the prayer of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided ”(Quran 2:186)

We believe that God will always answer our prayers. ALWAYS. But as humans, we usually don’t realize that they are being answered. This is because our mind is limited. We don’t know what will happen in the future. Something that appears to be bad now, can turn out to be good. Something that brings us sadness now, can lead to joy and happiness. Think about your own life. Have you had an experience where you thought something bad was happening to you and it turned out to be a blessing ?

“……But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not” (Quran 2:216)

So keep praying. We believe in His wisdom, knowledge and mercy. God will help us and solve our problems in a way that none of us might ever understand. He knows what we don’t know. And as believers, we have a responsibility to explain to people about God. As you can see, there are a lot of misconceptions about Him. We need to have more conversations around God, around religion.

Everyone needs God. Especially now.
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Aneesa Ahmad Saifuddin
Hidayah Centre Foundation
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