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Coronavirus scare: Don't cause chaos by gathering in religious places, says AR Rahman

In a lengthy post on Twitter, the music composer urges people to follow the government's advice and self-isolate. 

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Music composer AR Rahman urged the people of India to stop gathering in religious places and follow the government's advice to self-isolate. “God is inside your heart (the most sacred shrine), so this is not the time to cause chaos by congregating in religious places. Listen to the government’s advice. Self-isolation for a few weeks may give you many more years,” he said in a lengthy post on Twitter.  

His appeal comes after Tablighi Jamaat's Markaz in Delhi's Nizamuddin West emerged as an epicenter for the spread of coronavirus in different parts of the country after thousands of people took part in a congregation held from 1-15 March.

Rahman added, “Do not spread this virus and cause harm to fellow humans. This disease does not even warn you that you are carrier, so don’t assume that you are not infected.”

The music composer also spoke against spreading fake news, especially on social media platforms and WhatsApp. “This is not the time to spread false rumours and cause more anxiety and panic. Let’s be kind and thoughtful, the life of many millions are in our hands,” he said. 

The music composer also spoke about rising above communal differences and fighting the battle against coronavirus unitedly. “It’s time to forget our differences and unite against this invisible enemy that has turned the world upside down. It’s time to bring the beauty of humanity and spirituality into action,” he said. 

Rahman showered his gratitude on those who are fighting against coronavirus on the field. “This message is to thank the doctors, nurses and all the staff working in hospitals and clinics all around India, for their bravery and selflessness,” he said. “It fills one’s heart to see how ready they are to deal with this most dreadful pandemic. They risk their lives to save ours,” he said.

On the work front, Rahman has turned film producer with the film 99 Songs, which will be releasing some time this year. 

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