SEREMBAN: A trial run to reopen eight mosques in the state for Friday prayers with congregations depending on the size of the mosques has been a success, says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic).
The Mentri Besar hoped it would pave the way for the reopening of more mosques and surau for Friday prayers in Negri Sembilan with a bigger number of worshippers.“This (the success) will now allow us to reopen more mosques for Friday prayers which had been restricted to 12 people, ” he said in a Facebook post.
Amiruddin said all worshippers who took part in the trial gave their cooperation including having their temperature taken, observing social distancing and performing ablutions at home.
The trial was conducted, among others, to gauge the discipline of worshippers in adhering to the standard operating procedure for Friday prayers as recommended by the National Security Council.
They were required to apply online for a QR code which was their pass to enter mosques and only those between 20 and 60 and with no underlying health problems were considered.
Worshippers were also required to bring their own prayer mats and were assigned their prayer spot and made to observe social distancing.
Aminuddin said presently, only 141 mosques and surau in the state were allowed to hold Friday prayers and were limited to 12 individuals.
“It is not an easy task to allow all 341 mosques and surau in the state to reopen for Friday prayers.
“We need to be meticulous in our planning, ” he said.
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