KUANTAN: Three mosques in Kuantan have been reopened for Friday prayers on a trial basis.
Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Ibni Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said closing congregational prayers was necessary in combating Covid-19.
However, Tengku Hassanal said the number of Covid-19 patients was coming under control and after being briefed by the Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MUIP) secretary, he had agreed to a Friday prayers trial run at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah state mosque as well as the Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa mosques.
He said Friday prayers at a single mosque in each district would begin on May 22.
"I call on mosque officials, including the district kadi, to observe the standard operating procedures implemented today so it can be carried out in districts later.
"Ensure all regulations and orders are complied with for the safety of the people," Tengku Hassanal said here on Friday (May 15).
He also called on the people to pay their zakat as only 40% had been collected so far.
"I have also agreed to facilitate the process by restarting amil (tithe collector) services. However, it has to be done according to set procedures. For those with Internet banking, please use those facilities," he said.
Tengku Hassanal added that from January to April, MUIP had distributed RM56mil of zakat funds to the needy.
Of the amount, nearly RM10mil was channelled to those who were affected and lost their income due to Covid-19.
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