Mosques reopen for Friday prayers on May 29

Azlan Othman

The temporary closure of mosques, suraus and religious halls will be extended for another 24 days until 5th of Syawal, 1441 Hijrah (May 28), said Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

“The decision was made at the 10th Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) Meeting last Saturday,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

The minister announced that local mosques would be accessible only for the Friday prayers on the 6th of Syawal (May 29), while the re-opening of mosques for the five obligatory prayers would require further assessment.

“MUIB will consider this by taking into account advice from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the current situation of COVID-19 in the country, while praying that no emergency situation should occur,” he said.

“In making these preparations, the Mosque Affairs Department and the Islamic Da’wah Centre, with the cooperation of Radio Television Brunei, will broadcast a special video titled ‘Guidelines on Performing Congregational Prayer at Mosques to Curb the COVID-19 Outbreak’, which will contain instructions for public attendance at mosques.”