PETALING JAYA: As the nation gears up for Hari Raya Aidilfitri on Sunday (May 24), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has reminded Malaysians to abide by
Covid-19 preventative measures at all times.
“For those who have the opportunity to join congregational prayers in mosques and suraus, including the Aidilfitri prayers on Sunday morning, be sure to follow the conditional movement control order (MCO) guidelines that was announced.
“Take the ‘wudhu’ from home, abide by the procedure of taking body temperature and bring your own praying mat to the mosque, ” he said during his special Hari Raya Aidilfitri address on Saturday (May 23).
At the same time, Muhyiddin reminded Muslims to practice social distancing during congregational prayers, adding that shaking hands with the congregation is also not allowed.
“I repeat, there is no need to shake hands. Bowing and smiling is adequate as a sign of respect. God-willing, we will still get the merits of praying while trying to control the spread of Covid-19.”
Zakat fitrah (personal tithe) payments, said Muhyiddin, can be made online, or to the assigned charity organisations according to existing schedules.
“This is to facilitate us in fulfilling the demands of the Islamic pillars without exposing ourselves to the dangers of Covid-19, ” he added.
For those who do not have the opportunity to perform congregational prayers at mosques or suraus, Muhyiddin advised them to continue congregational prayers at home on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Muhyiddin said the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration this year would be a different affair due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as visits are limited and there are no open houses.
“But, this doesn’t mean that this Hari Raya Aidilfitri isn’t joyous. Create an atmosphere of joy and excitement of the festive celebration with our family members.
“The same goes to those living at welfare homes and orphanages. I’m confident that many officers and volunteers are making efforts to create a joyous atmosphere among them.”
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin also reminded Malaysians that they are not allowed to travel interstate during the festive season, adding that close family visitations are only allowed with a maximum of 20 guests in a day.
“So, discuss with your siblings and relatives on your home visits. When our relatives are at home, ensure that they practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands.”
He also urged Malaysians to pay more attention to the elderly, as this is the age group that is most affected by Covid-19.
“It’s okay if we don’t get to shake hands or hug our grandparents. It’s not that we don’t love them, but because we love them, so we avoid touching them.
“For those who display symptoms such as fever, just stay at home. There is no need to move around.”
While reminding Malaysians to avoid crowded places, Muhyiddin also advised Malaysians who are having visitors for Hari Raya to clean their houses immediately.
He also said Malaysians should avoid visiting cemeteries, as such places are among hotspots for people to gather during festive seasons.
“All of this is very important so we get to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri and at the same time, avoid the spread of Covid-19 after the holidays, ” he said, while noting that there’s a spike in Covid-19 cases in other countries following festive celebrations.
Muhyddin also stressed that every decision made by the government on the Hari Raya Aidilfitri guidelines were inline to the principles of maqasid syariah (objectives of Syariah), which is to save lives.
“We sacrifice a bit of our norms to avoid Covid-19 infections and to save our lives as well as those who are around us, ” he added.
At the same time, Muhyiddin said that beginning Saturday (May 23), every Malaysian will hold a crucial responsibility to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“No one is more capable than ourselves. We must remind each other that this is a collective responsibility. Only when this becomes a norm to us, then the government is able to decide when the conditional MCO is lifted, ” he added.
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