Two paramedics, one Muslim and the other one Jew took a break from duty to pray together in Israel, a photograph of the moment has gone viral in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
CNN reported that, Avraham Mintz (Jewish) and Zoher Abu Jama (Muslim) just finished responding to a call regarding a 41-year-old woman having respiratory problems in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva.
As the clock neared six in the afternoon, Mintz and Abu Jama realized it may be their only break of the shift. The two members of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency response service, paused to pray. Mintz, a religious Jew, stood facing Jerusalem, his white and black prayer shawl hanging off his shoulders.
Abu Jama, Muslim, knelt facing Mecca, his maroon and white prayer rug unfurled underneath him.
For the two paramedics, who routinely work together two or three times a week, the joint prayer was nothing new. For so many others, it was an inspiring image in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.