GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): Penang has allowed terawih and Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers to be performed in areas under the movement control order and conditional MCO, based on mosque and surau capacity, effective Monday (May 10).
Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP) director Mohd Zakuan Zakaria said apart from that, all religious activities, including Friday prayers, were also allowed in mosques and surau in the MCO and conditional MCO areas.
"For Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers, the imam must recite a short surah or verse during the prayer and the total duration of the prayer including takbir, prayer, sermon (khutbah) should be over within 45 minutes.
"Guest Imams and khatib are not allowed to lead the prayers and deliver Aidilfitri sermons. Only imams appointed by the Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) are allowed to do so and the text of the sermon will be provided by JHEAIPP, ” he said in a statement Monday.
Apart from that, takbir for Hari Raya using an external loudspeaker is allowed but only to commence from Maghrib prayer onwards on the last night of Ramadan. The practice of performing takbir from house to house is not allowed, he said.
He said feasts after the Aidilfitri prayers and open houses were also not allowed but if the mosque or surau wanted to provide food, it should be distributed in packages only.
The mosque and surau are also required to provide special prayer area for travellers for the convenience of e-hailing workers such as Food Panda, Grab Food and others in the MCO areas.
"These travellers must bring their own prayer mats and telekung. The traveller’s prayer area will only be open for use for one hour after the obligatory prayer time, ” he said. - Bernama