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In Israel, Muslim Nurse Says Last Prayer with Jewish Patient

A religious Jew hospitalized with coronavirus at Ha'emek Medical Center in northern Israel said his final prayers with the help of a Muslim nurse by his side. The patient had been waiting for his family to arrive at his side, but because of the snowstorm, his family was trapped in traffic jams.

Maheer Ibrahim, the head nurse in Ha'emek's coronavirus ward, decided to take the initiative and read the "Shema Yisrael" prayer together with the patient, helping him through his last moments. Ibrahim noted, "It may sound touching, but I thought that this was what needed to be done for him."

He added: "His daughter called me the day after his death and said that my act was the only thing that gave her comfort… It warmed my heart to know that it did good for her," he concluded, noting that he had seen tears in her eyes after he told her of the event. "We need to be there as people before we're there as healthcare providers." (INN / VFI News)

“God, we thank You for the powerful ways that You continue to show Yourself to the world and for acts of kindness from unexpected places.”