Friday prayers in Sarawak limited to mosque officials

Playing it safe: Misnu says that Aidilfitri prayers will not be allowed on the advice of the state mufti.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Islamic Council will allow Friday prayers to be held in mosques and surau starting May 22, but to be restricted only to mosque officials.

Council president Datuk Misnu Taha said Aidilfitri prayers were still not allowed to be held in mosques and surau as the Covid-19 pandemic had not been contained.

For Friday prayers, the number of people allowed to attend was limited to 12, and they must consist of officials and committee members of the mosque or surau.

“They must comply with the guidelines issued by the Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department on holding Friday prayers during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period.

“I ask for the cooperation from masjid and surau to comply with the guidelines as we are still battling Covid-19, ” Misnu said yesterday.

As for Aidilfitri prayers, he said the council decided not to allow them in mosques and suraus based on advice from the state mufti.

“We can hold Aidilfitri prayers at home with our own families.

“I appeal to Muslims in Sarawak to be patient in facing this situation, ” he said, adding that guidelines on performing Aidilfitri prayers at home will be issued by the Sarawak Chief Imam’s Office soon.

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