New SOP for Penang mosques, surau


MAINPP has agreed to allow mosques and surau to provide prayer space for the convenience of travellers, including e-hailing workers and delivery riders, to perform their prayers.

FRIDAY prayers and the daily obligatory prayers are allowed to be performed at all mosques and surau in Penang, but with only a certain number of congregation allowed, effective last Wednesday.

Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) president Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said the council held a special meeting last Tuesday and set a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to be observed at the Muslim houses of worship during the present movement control order (MCO) 2.0.

“Obligatory prayers at all mosques and surau in the state are allowed with a maximum of 15 people, while for Friday prayers, 12 to 45 people are allowed

comprising Malaysians, aged between 15 and 70, including the committee members of the respective mosque and surau, ” he said.

For funeral prayers involving death that is not due to Covid-19 held at mosques or surau, he said, it would be limited to only 20 people.

However, visiting the grave after the burial is not allowed, he said in a recent statement.

MAINPP, he said, had also agreed to allow mosques and surau to provide prayer space for the convenience of travellers, including e-hailing workers and delivery riders, to perform their prayer.

Ahmad Zakiyuddin, who is also Deputy Chief Minister I, said the call to prayer in mosques would be replaced with ‘sollu fi buyutikum’ (pray in your house).

Apart from that, he said, reading of the yasin and tahlil will be allowed at the mosque and surau, but the activity should not involve more than 15 people and confined to only the mosque or surau officials and committee members, and to be conducted only after the obligatory prayers.

Other than that, no activities are allowed at mosques and surau, he added.

Meanwhile, he said for the marriage

solemnisation ceremony, it can be held at the respective district religious office, but with only up to 10 people present.

“Instructions on the holding of activities at mosques and surau will be issued from time to time subject to the current development

of the Covid-19 situation, as well as on the advice of the Ministry of Health and the National Security Council, ” he added.

— Bernama

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