Religion strengthens resolve to curb Covid-19

Awang Tengah speaks at the function.

KUCHING: Sarawakians are told to hold to their religious teachings as the world grapples with the Covid-19 health crisis.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said all countries around the world have fought the spread of Covid-19 to avoid more fatalities.

“In facing this situation, all religions are expected to function as best as possible in helping the government to address the threat of this pandemic and prevent it from spreading further.

“(Religion) provides the community with the strength of faith, morals and spirituality so that they are able to face this difficult situation with courage, perseverance and patience,” he said.

He was officiating the Miri division-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at Masjid At-Taqwa, on Tuesday (Oct 19).

Awang Tengah pointed out that religions also promote the value of hygiene and good nutrition which were essential to limit the spread of Covid-19.

“Islam attaches great importance to cleanliness so much so that it is made a prerequisite for the validity of worship. Similarly, Islam forbids its followers from eating foods that can be harmful to the health of the body,” he said.

The deputy chief minister also reminded the community to take the necessary measures to curb the spread of the disease. This included adhering to the quarantine order issued by the authorities.

“Religion shapes human beings to be disciplined. Islam also requires its people to abide by the health regulations issued by the authorities as a social responsibility.

“Everyone must contribute according to their ability; doctors, nurses, the wealthy, researchers and others,” he said.