COVID: Reciting takbir raya at cemetery an unforgettable moment – JHEAINS frontliner


SEREMBAN – Never in his life or his entire career at the Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAINS), had Mohd Z Affendi Zakaria imagined that he would one day recite “takbir raya” on the eve of Aidiladha at a cemetery while waiting to help bury another victim of COVID-19.

Without a doubt, it was an unforgettable moment for the 35-year-old man and 18 others involved including those from the Seremban district health office.

“It was about 8 pm and we were at the cemetery waiting for the arrival of five other victims to be buried, and because it was Aidiladha eve, we spontaneously started reciting “takbir raya” led by JHEAINS assistant officers Mohd Kah’har Che Kasim, 34, and Shahizad Shahmir, 38.

“The recital of the “takbir raya” at the cemetery took only 10 minutes. It was our first time doing that while having to wear the PPE (personal protection equipment). In my head, all I can think about is my family at home,” he told Bernama here today.

He said what broke his heart the most was seeing the family members of the victims shedding tears while watching the funeral of their loved ones from outside the fence of the Maqbarah Salimah Ainsdale Muslim cemetery.