JOHOR BARU: Johor has decided to increase the number of Friday prayers congregation members in mosques and surau to one-third of their full capacity compared to 40 previously, effective this Friday.
State Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said a decree on the matter was issued by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
“However, only one third of the mosques and surau maximum capacity should be filled by the congregation during the prayers, excluding its committee members.
“Those who attend the prayers should be 15 years old and above, wear face masks, be free of any symptoms, perform ablution at home and bring their own prayer mats, ” he said.
He said the surau and mosque committee members would be in charge of selecting the congregation for every Friday prayer session.
Tosrin added that the same ruling applied for Hari Raya Aidiladha prayers in mosques while surau committees would need to apply for permission from the district kadi (religious official) to perform the prayer.
“They must apply for the permit two weeks before Aidiladha, which is expected to fall on July 31, ” he said.
He said the ruling on the matter was effective for a certain period of time until further instructions from the National Security Council and the Health Ministry.
Tosrin said other activities within the premises of the mosques and surau such as religious talks, classes and Quran recitals would also be allowed but must be limited to 30 minutes.
Earlier this month, the state government only allowed 40 people to attend Friday and congressional prayers at mosques and surau during the recovery MCO period.
Tosrin, however said all religious gatherings such as talks and lectures at mosques and surau premises were still not allowed to be held.
On the sacrificial rituals this year, he said slaughtering is encouraged at 31 slaughterhouses which had been granted permanent and temporary licences while the meat distribution must be held in mosques and surau.
He said the process of slaughtering will be limited to only 20 people at one time.
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