Friday prayers: Technical reasons, time constraint led to entry denials

Azlan Othman

The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) has acknowledged that some Friday prayer congregants could not enter mosques, suraus and religious halls for specific reasons.

The management of mosque affairs and relevant parties have detected the issues.

The MoRA appreciated the initiative of the Ministry of Health in re-examining the system as problems such as double booking, ghost booking and methods of calculation have existed.

This was highlighted by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman during a press conference yesterday. The minister said the third Friday prayers tomorrow will be the end of first phase since the re-opening of mosques on May.

The minister said some congregants who are eligible to enter, were denied access due to technical reasons at the scanning stage of the QR code when entering the mosque, as well as the time constraints when the mosque gate was about to close when Iqamah (second call for prayer) was echoed to begin the Friday prayers. Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin said, “According to Ministry of Health data, 35,556 people were present on June 5.

“This figure shows an increase in the number of congregants since May 29. However, it was found that 43,903 people booked the slots.

“Let us pray and continue to strive and multiply our Istighfar to seek forgiveness from Allah the Almighty. The COVID-19 outbreak still continues to affect and it is not yet known when it will end.

“We also recognise that this is one of the trials from Allah the Almighty to test our faith and endurance as a society and as a nation,” he added.

A file photo of congregants scanning the QR code for Friday prayers. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI