Positive feedback for first Friday prayers in mosques

Izah Azahari

After a 10-week closure of mosques and religious halls across the Sultanate, male congregants were finally allowed to perform the Friday prayers while maintaining social distancing.

At a press conference yesterday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said that the feedback from those attending the Friday prayers has been quite positive, following an initial report.

He also disclosed that a discussion would be held with the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), on the nationwide feedback.

Concerning the problems faced by a number of individuals who were not allowed to enter mosques or religious halls even after booking a slot, the minister said, “In theory, if a person makes a slot booking prior to the Friday prayers, he should be able to enter the mosque or religious hall.

“Nonetheless, there might be other factors barring a person from entry, such as a possible colour change in the person’s health code to yellow, or a different colour on that day.

“But you should have a slot if you made a booking, as the slots were counted in advance.

Let’s say there are only 500 available slots. Only 500 individuals will then be allowed to enter.”
Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham, however, added that the number might be lesser as some individuals were unable to attend, despite obtaining slots.

“A discussion will be held with the Ministry of Religious Affairs (today), to discuss issues that may have developed and to find out the possible causes,” he said.