KUCHING: Mosques and surau in Sarawak have reopened for Friday prayers, with attendance limited to not more than 12 mosque officials and committee members.
At Masjid Kudei Lama here, those present were seen observing social distancing regulations as they performed their prayers.
The mosque's treasurer Mohamad Maraji said the experience was very different compared to before the outbreak of Covid-19.
"Previously, we did not have to wear face masks or use hand sanitisers. But this is the new normal in the conditional movement control order (MCO).
"Nevertheless, I'm very thankful that we can resume Friday prayers at the mosque, even though it is limited to only 12 people," he said.
The Sarawak Islamic Council announced last Friday (May 15) that mosques and surau in the state would be allowed to hold Friday prayers starting today (May 22), but only up to 12 people comprising officials and committee members of the mosque or surau would be allowed to attend.
Mohamad said the Kudei Lama mosque received many requests from Muslims to attend the Friday prayers.
"However, we have to comply with the government regulations that only the imam, bilal, marbot and committee members can perform prayers at the mosque.
"Others are still not allowed, so we advise them to pray at home," he said.
Masjid Kudei Lama bilal Mohamad Nazzeri Ibrahim also expressed appreciation for the opportunity to resume Friday prayers at the mosque.
"For more than two months we have not been able to hold Friday prayers. Alhamdulillah, the government has now given us the leeway to do so," he said.
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