With the temporary closure of mosques, suraus and religious halls extended until April 27, the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) has decided that the public can hold religious events coinciding with the first day of Ramadhan where Sunnat Tarawikh prayers and recitation of Tedarus Al-Quran are conducted in their homes attended only by family members adhering to the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) ‘Guidelines on mass gatherings, social events, meetings or training sessions’.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman stated at a press conference that Sunnat Tarawikh prayers should be performed at home with family members only. No outsiders, including Imams and ustaz, should not be invited to lead prayers. The role should be taken up by a family member.
In light of this, leading Al-Quran teaching organisation, Al-Huffaz Management initiated a free online Tarawikh prayer workshop via the Zoom app. The workshop will be conducted in three sessions 10.30am, 2.30pm and 8.30pm.
Founder and CEO of Al-Huffaz Haji Mohd Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan noted that with Ramadhan drawing close, it is usually the time that guidebooks on Tarawikh prayers are read as a refresher, particularly for family members taking up the role of the Imam at home.
Having conducted Muqaddam and Al-Quran online classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Haji Mohd Loqman said, “I know it is not easy to become your own Imam and some never perform Sunnat Tarawaikh prayers at home as they usually do it at mosques. The response was beyond our expectations and in the sharing session some did not realise that their recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah is not correct.