Dr Rekha Krishna, who is attached to the Sevana Hospital and Research Centre private hospital in Palakkad, India, recited the prayer for a Covid-19 patient who had been on a ventilator for more than two weeks.
The patient, whose relatives were not allowed into the intensive care unit (ICU), was taken off the ventilator as her condition deteriorated.
“As I approached her, I felt that she was having some problems in leaving the earthly abode. Then, I slowly recited the prayer in her ears. I could see her taking a few deep breaths and then she flatlined,” said Rekha who grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and knew Arabic.
Rekha said she recited the prayer, fully understanding its meaning.
“It says that there is no other God except Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet.
“My act was not planned. It happened at the spur of the moment. I was born and brought up in Dubai and I know the customs and practices followed by Muslims,” she said.
Rekha said she was never discriminated against during her time in the Gulf and felt it was right to return the respect she got.
She said she did not see her gesture as a religious one, but an act of humanity.
“A major problem with Covid-19 patients is that they feel lonely and isolated. Health workers are the single point of contact for them without their family around and we should do all we can to help the patients,” she said.
Her story only surfaced after she shared it with a fellow doctor who later posted it on social media where it went viral, earning her praises.
In the report, Muslim scholar Abdul Hameed Faizi Ambalakkadavu described reports of Rekha’s gesture as “heartening” and said she had set an example for the country.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 21/05/2021