Muslims celebrate Hari Raya on moderate scale, comply with Covid-19 SOP


Worshipers observing physical distancing as they observe Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers on the grounds of Istana Negara in Kuala lumpur. - fotoBernama

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): For the second year in a row, Muslims in the country celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri in the new normal, strictly adhering to standard operating procedures (SOP) in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The spirit behind the month of Syawal, where Hari Raya is usually celebrated in a joyous mood, but this year it was celebrated in moderation and conviction due to the nationwide movement control order enforced to contain the outbreak, without the usual house-to-house visits, limiting the usual congregational prayers in mosques and the customary grave-site visits.

A check by Bernama on Thursday (May 13) found many Muslims looking resplendent in their Baju Melayu gathering at the compound of the National Mosque and Federal Territory Mosque as early as 7am, but not all were allowed to enter the premises, and the situation was closely monitored by several policemen on duty.

Federal Territory Mosque administrative officer Zulkifli Hussain said only 50 congregants were allowed to perform Hari Raya prayers at the mosque in compliance with the stipulated SOP including physical distancing and body temperature checks.

In PUTRAJAYA, people were seen queuing at the front entrance of the Putra Mosque as early as 6.30am, but they were asked to leave by the security guard.

The mosque's senior assistant director Ustaz Ahmad Termizi Zainudin said the mosque administration was sad as it could not fulfil the wishes of other congregants to pray following the government's decision to allow a maximum of 50 worshippers for Aidilfitri prayers.

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