An Estimated 25,000 People Gathered in Bangladesh to Pray Away COVID-19 March 21, 2020

An Estimated 25,000 People Gathered in Bangladesh to Pray Away COVID-19

If we’re not supposed to gather in groups larger than 10, I’m fairly certain groups of 25,000 are out of the question.

And yet that’s one estimate for how many people got together in Bangladesh on Wednesday to pray “healing verses” from the Qur’an in order to defeat COVID-19. (A lower estimate was placed at 10,000.)

“They held the Khatme Shifa prayers after dawn to free the country from the coronavirus,” [police chief Tota] Miah told AFP.

He said organisers did not get permission from authorities to hold the session..

The number of positive cases of the virus in Bangladesh is relatively low, though that’s likely due to the limited number of tests. If the virus spreads, however, we know what to blame.

(Thanks to everyone for the link)


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