SINGAPORE – They hailed from 10 distinct faiths, but the 10 religious leaders from the Inter-Spiritual Organisation (IRO) ended up united in silent prayer for the 13-yr-aged River Valley Large School college student who was killed on Monday (July 19).
Imam Syed Hassan Mohamed Al-Attas, who organised the prayer session on Friday (July 23) less than the auspices of the IRO, stated he was spurred to do so in the aftermath of the alleged murder and the new Covid-19 wave.
The IRO council member told The Straits Instances that equally incidents transcended race and religion, and the session was a equally unifying response.
His fellow council customers, which include IRO president Tan Thiam Lye, rallied around the cause, rescheduling their other commitments to attend the celebration to pray for Singaporeans and residents.
Habib Hassan reported that he felt pretty unhappy about the alleged murder, but stressed that it was an isolated incident.
“We should carry on with our life, and issues will be all correct,” he reassured.
“Singapore is a cosmopolitan nation and we are sturdy with each other. We will not solitary out any race or religion – we are just one.”
The 13-year-old boy was cremated on Friday afternoon.
In his opening remarks at the session, Mr Tan, a Taoist leader, also highlighted a further incident in which a scholar was wounded.
“These stunning situations have occurred when we are troubled with another wave of growing Covid-19 cases,” he claimed in Mandarin.
He included: “In fact, we are dealing with some difficulties that check our resilience. The only way to increase over these testing occasions is to be compassionate and caring for each and every other.”
He also said the IRO organised the session to display treatment for the perfectly-becoming of the Singapore local community.
A silent prayer was also recited by 10 spiritual leaders: Habib Hassan (Muslim), Pandit Kalavanpara Ayyappan Sunil Kumar (Hindu), Rabbi Netanel Rivni (Jewish), Mr Evard Rustom M. Ghadiali (Zoroastrian), Venerable You Guang (Buddhist), Learn Benjamin Tan (Taoist), Mr Ashvin Desai (Jain), Reverend Gabriel Liew (Christian), Mr Harpal Singh Jothiram (Sikh) and Mr Kuek Yi Hsing (Baha’i).
Habib Hassan also had a temporary invocation for Singaporeans and the local community.
“Enable us raise our arms collectively to pray to God the almighty to shower his best blessings to us all nowadays, to the innocent scholar from River Valley Substantial College, and for the basic safety of all our major and secondary university college students, instructors, principals and their households,” he claimed.
“We pray for a peaceful globe and a tranquil Singapore absolutely free from the Covid-19 pandemic, for continued good results and prosperity, in building a strong multiracial, multi-religious culture based on knowledge and believe in.”
2nd Minister for Instruction Maliki Osman also attended the occasion.
In his remarks at the session, Dr Maliki affirmed that the Ministry of Schooling (MOE) would keep on to present support for all students and lecturers affected by the RVHS incident.
“Today’s inter-faith prayer session is a reflection of our energy as a society, spiritually coming with each other as a single with those people most impacted by this tragic incident.”
“We will have to carry on to reject the virus of worry, selfishness, xenophobia and racism, which can be even additional devastating on the human spirit and the society than the pandemic,” he additional.
Ms Minimal Yoke Kiew, MOE zonal director of educational facilities north, was also present to convey appreciation to the IRO on behalf of RVHS and the ministry.