Singapore – On June 26 (Wednesday), member of the public Phoebe Olivia went to Facebook to share a touching scene of a construction worker, who still had his safety gear on, stopping to pray in a hot day.
A heart-warming post made it to the rather notorious Facebook page called Complaint Singapore where people share their first-world problems, “vent their anger and unhappiness, share their bad experiences in Singapore and most importantly, complaints,” as written in the description page.
Ms Phoebe, in her attempt to spread some positivity, wrote: “I find this very touching I saw this worker on a hot day like this he still make (sic) some time to pray. Don’t forget to be thankful every second in our lives. Just sending love and blessing to all of you.”
She posted a photo of a construction worker on a rooftop with his head bowed down to the ground.
While his helmet and boots were laid down beside him, the man still had his high-visibility vest strap and safety gear on.
His head was bowed down on what looked like a small blue plastic sheet that served as a prayer mat.
Muslims pray five times a day, before dawn, in the afternoon, in the late afternoon, immediately after sunset, and at night.
I find this very touching I saw this worker in a hot day like this he still make some time to pray. Don't forget to be thankful every second in our lives. Just sending love and blessing to all of you
With over 2,400 reactions and 1,200 shares, many from the online community were touched by the scene.
A certain Sharifah AJ commented that she was awe-struck when she saw the post. “When I see this, the first thing that comes to mind is, if he can pray in the hot scorching sun, what’s my excuse?” she wrote.
Muhammad Mustaffa Muzz wrote that this particular post was the most awesome one share in the forum.
As expected, there were some negative comments such as people wondering if he was really praying or taking a nap.
A fellow Muslim also commented and asked for the need to share this photo because one’s commitment to religion should not be broadcasted. The same Sharifah AJ replied that Ms Phoebe is not a Muslim and is someone who was touched by a stranger “performing their prayers regardless of the situation.”
The negativity and criticisms also made Ms Phoebe make another comment to reiterate the need to spread love and not hate, regardless of religion. She even apologised to those who had to go through the harsh comments in her post.