Covid-19: The King urges all mosques to shorten Friday sermons

  • Nation
  • Friday, 13 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has urged all mosques in the country to shorten their Friday sermons and take precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King has urged that mosques provide forehead thermometers, hand sanitisers and face masks to worshippers.

Ahmad Fadil said the King has also urged the rakyat to perform ablutions at their homes before heading to the mosque.

“Those who have symptoms of Covid-19 are also advised not to attend Friday prayers as advised by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, ” said Ahmad Fadil in a statement Friday (March 13).

The King has also decreed (menitahkan) that all mosques nationwide perform the Qunut Nazilah prayers during Subuh and Friday prayers for the wellbeing of the rakyat.

“Sultan Abdullah is very concerned and has been following the updates on Covid-19 and has expressed his worries about the safety and security of the rakyat due to the recent increase in cases, ” said Ahmad Fadil.

He added that the King has also urged those who attended the ijtima tabligh event from Feb 27 to March 1 to cooperate with the Health Ministry by contacting the nearest district health department to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is contained.

“The King is urging Malaysians to also postpone mass gatherings as recommended by the Health Ministry and those who have Covid-19 symptoms should not get involved in such programmes or go to crowded areas.

“The rakyat is also urged to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) if they have any doubts or questions to avoid the spread of information that may cause panic among the rakyat, ” said Ahmad Fadil.

The King has also advised the rakyat to follow the guidelines on personal hygiene to contain the spread of the virus.

“Sultan Abdullah has also expressed his appreciation and thanks for the immediate response, treatment and continuous monitoring done by the Health Ministry and related agencies to ensure relevant prevention and containment measures are done effectively, ” said Ahmad Fadil.

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