KLANG: More mosques in Selangor will be opened beginning June 19 for Friday and congregational prayers throughout the recovery movement control order (MCO).
Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said the Sultan made the decision after a briefing by the state health director on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Friday prayers and congregational prayers (Subuh, Maghrib and Isyak) are allowed to be implemented in the 39 mosques made permissible earlier, and also in mosques in areas categorised as green zones by the Selangor Health Department," said Mohamad Munir in a statement on Thursday (June 18).
He said in addition, the number of people attending Friday prayers at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque in Shah Alam would be increased from 40 to 250 people, excluding mosque officials and committee members.
"The number of people attending Friday prayers in the (other) 38 mosques will be increased from 40 to 150 people, excluding mosque officials and committee members," added Mohamad Munir.
He also said other mosques throughout the state in areas categorised as green zones would be limited to a congregation of 40 people, excluding mosque officials.
As for the Subuh, Maghrib and Isyak congregational prayers, the number of people attending the prayers at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam is limited to 250 people.
"The number of people for the three congregational prayers in the 38 other mosques is limited to 150 people," said Mohamad Munir.
He said congregational members in other mosques located in green zones would be limited to 40 people.
"All surau in Selangor, including those allowed to conduct Friday prayers, are still not allowed to open," he said.
Mohamad Munir said the implementation and administrative procedures pertaining to the Sultan's edict would be issued by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) director and the respective mosque committees.
"In line with the new decision, His Highness has ordered that every congregational member must obey the standard operating procedures stipulated by JAIS, such as ritual washing being done at home, bringing own prayer mats, wearing face masks and practising social distancing.
"Those who are unwell are prohibited from attending prayers at mosques," said Mohamad Munir.
He said all mosques and their congregations must also adhere to other guidelines set by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry.
Mohamad Munir said the ritual sacrifice for Hari Raya Aidiladha could only be carried out in selected mosques.
The mosques include the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque, the 38 other mosques and mosques in green zones.
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