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Perak & Johor Mosques To Hold Friday & Aidilfitri Prayers, But Not For The Public

Perak & Johor Mosques To Hold Friday & Aidilfitri Prayers, But Not For The Public

Akmal Hakim

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Perak and Johor will be following Perlis’s lead in allowing mosques to perform religious activities at limited capacity during the nationwide Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

Both state governments have given approval for congregational Friday and Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers to be conducted by a maximum of 12 people consisting of the masjid’s committee members which include the Imams, Bilals, Siaks, and others.

This means that although communal prayer activities are allowed, the public at large is still prohibited from attending.

Perak will be extending the permission to allow 12 people to do the same in suraus across the state.

Meanwhile, Johor will also be allowing akad nikah or solemnization ceremonies to be conducted on masjid grounds, with attendance limited to 6 people including the bride and groom.

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Malaysian Muslims have been tieing the knot through online conferencing since the start of the nationwide lockdown.
(Credit: Harian Metro)

Religious activities are to be conducted according to guidelines provided by the state’s Islamic religious departments that include preventive measures against Covid-19 such as mandatory health and temperature checks, social distancing and hygiene practices, and even security measures to prevent “non-essential” public from entering the premises.

As Malaysia went into the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) amid the Covid-19 crisis, places of worship nationwide were effectively closed off from public access.

With restrictions lifted under the CMCO, states have considered allowing the public to return to houses of worship, provided they follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) from relevant authorities.

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