SHAH ALAM: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah says the decision to limit the number of worshippers during prayers at mosques statewide was made to ensure the safety of all Muslims.
The private secretary to the Sultan, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, said the decision was also made following the increasing number of Covid-19 infections with a cumulative number of positive cases reaching five digits and the death toll reaching three digits.
“Sultan Sharafuddin understands the concerns of Muslims in Selangor who have not been able to perform their obligatory and Friday prayers at mosques because they have to comply with the standard operating procedure of the movement control order.
“His Royal Highness stressed that it does not mean that if mosques and surau are closed, the act of worship will also stop, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mohamad Munir said the Sultan does not want more Selangor citizens to get infected by the coronavirus.
His Royal Highness also expressed hope that there would be no more parties arguing with each other regarding the decision that had been taken unanimously by the authorities for the safety of Muslims in Selangor.
Since the implementation of MCO 2.0 on Jan 13, obligatory and Friday prayers in the state have only been allowed with a maximum of five worshippers consisting of mosque and surau staff. — Bernama