Johor mosque prayers a go


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has allowed Friday and Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers as well as akad nikah (solemnisation of marriage) ceremonies to be held throughout the state during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period.

State Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had issued a decree on the matter.

He said Friday prayers could be held at mosques starting from tomorrow.

“However, there will be guidelines on holding such prayers at the mosques, such as that a congregation should not consist of more than 12 individuals at a given time.

“This includes the imam, bilal and respective mosque committee members, where they will take turns performing the prayers,” he told a press conference at Pusat Islam Iskandar here yesterday.

Tosrin also reminded the management of mosques to follow the new standard operating procedure introduced by the Johor Islamic Affairs Department (JAINJ) and the Health Ministry under the conditional MCO.

He pointed out that action, including closures, would be taken against mosques which ignored the guidelines.

“We will request the police and Rela to be stationed at all mosques to make sure that the number of people praying there does not exceed 12 individuals during Friday and Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers.

“For other Muslims, they can still perform the prayers at their own homes,” he added.

On akad nikah ceremonies, Tosrin said they must take place at the respective Kadi (religious official) Offices and the number of people in attendance must not be more than six people including the couple, wali (custodian) and witnesses.

“However, wedding receptions still cannot be held as they involve mass gatherings of the public, which is against the rules of the conditional MCO,” he added.

He said 872 couples were expected to conduct their akad nikah ceremony in Johor during the conditional MCO starting from this Sunday.

“This is the number of approved applications issued by the respective district Kadi Offices before the first phase of the MCO was imposed on March 18,” he added.
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