Tightened SOPs in Melaka mosques, surau following surge in Covid-19 cases

PETALING JAYA: Following a recent surge in new Covid-19 cases, the Melaka Islamic Department (Maim) has announced that SOPs will be tightened for the maintenance of mosques and suraus in the state.

Maim director Datuk Che Sukri Che Mat said changes to the SOPS will take effect on Tuesday (May 4), adding that this includes "qiamullail", which was only allowed to be performed in mosques.

In a statement Monday (May 3), Che Sukri said any form of public feasting events such as breaking fast and sahur are no longer allowed to be held in surau.

Breaking fast and sahur, as well as the traditional moreh event, is allowed to be held in mosques, only if the food is packaged in individual packs and not prepared in a buffet style.

Che Sukri also said the "Tadarus al-Quran" prayers in mosques and surau will no longer be allowed, and it should be held at people's own houses instead.

He added that any form of "Khatam al-Quran" events in mosques would also be postponed.

Meanwhile, Che Sukri said all daily activities in mosques and suraus must end after the "witir" prayers, and added that the mosques, surau and madrasahs must be fully closed by 10.30pm.

At the same time, Che Sukri said sermons, sermons after tarawih, witir sermons and talks featuring speakers from outside Melaka, as well as tabligh congregation activities involving people who are not residents of Melaka, were not allowed.

"Besides that, cooking activities in mosques and surau are no longer allowed."

However, he said Friday prayers, obligatory prayers, tarawih prayers and dawn lectures are still allowed.

"Mosque and surau committees are requested to comply with this ruling. Otherwise, permission for activities can be revoked if both (surau and mosque) management fails to comply with the SOPS that are set," he added.

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