KUALA LUMPUR – Reports about Virgin Mary’s appearance at a hospital in the Malaysian capital have lured hundreds of Christians to get a glimpse of the apparition.
"We believe Mary, mother of God, has a message for us, as she is looking down on us and then at a Malaysian flag," Eunice Fernandez, a Catholic Malaysian, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Sunday, November 11.Reports were circulated that Virgin Mary has appeared at a window of the Sime Darby Medical Center outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.
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Seeking to get a glimpse, hundreds of Catholics gathered outside the hospital to see Virgin Mary.
Some Catholic said that they can also see an image of Jesus Christ two windows away from his mother.
“We can also see Jesus and he is also moving, they are not static,” Fernandez said.
Some Catholics lit candles outside the hospital, singing hymns and reciting prayers.
The alleged apparition also lured hundreds of tourists to see Virgin Mary.
Some of the tourists were coming from countries as Singapore, over 300 kilometers (187 miles) away, to see Virgin Mary’s image.
“It is so wonderful that our Mother has come to us in a hospital, where many of the sick are crying out for her help,” Janet Tong, 45, told the English-language Sunday Star newspaper.
Sheree Rao, a businessman who was present at the hospital, said the image could not be seen from inside the hospital.
“I touched the glass, thinking it could be paint or something else,” the 21-year-old said.
“But there was nothing.”
The Malaysian Catholic Church said it could not confirm the sighting of Virgin Mary.
The church would need to investigate and verify the authenticity of the images and "the experiences of the witnesses," Father Lawrence Andrew, editor of Malaysian Catholic newsletter The Herald, told AFP.
"It could be private revelations. We have to make sure they are not imagined but real apparitions.”
Christians make up around 9.1 percent of Malaysia’s 26-million population, while Muslims account for about 60 percent.
Buddhists constitute 19.2 percent, Hindu 6.3 while other traditional Chinese religions make up the rest of the population.
Muslims hold high esteem of Virgin Mary who receives the most attention of any woman mentioned in the Noble Qur’an even though all the Prophets with the exception of Adam had mothers.
Of the Qur’an’s 114 chapters, she is among the eight people who have a chapter named after them.
The nineteenth chapter of the Qur’an is named after her, Mariam, which means Mary in Arabic
Muslims also believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.
In the Noble Qur’an, Jesus is called "Isa". He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).
As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.
Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.
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