Measures to improve Friday prayers coordination

Azlan Othman

Measures will be made to improve coordination for the next Friday prayers where mosques, suraus and religious halls will open half an hour earlier at 11.30am and will close once the Friday sermon is over and before the Bilal performs Iqamah for the Imam and the congregation to begin the Friday prayers.

More mosque gates and entrances will be opened and there will be an increase in the number of QR code scanners and body temperature checks.

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 at the daily press conference yesterday.

The minister said for next Friday prayers, several agencies involved, including the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Health, Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, agreed to improve the handling of Friday prayers operations after a recent
post-mortem.

Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin added the congregation is required to observe physical distancing and to sanitise their hands before entering the prayer room.

File photo shows uniformed personnel assisting congregants attending Friday prayers. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Posters showing guidelines while in the mosque, surau and religious hall will be pasted outside the mosque in addition to information dissemination through Radio Telivision Brunei, newspapers and social media.

Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin reiterated that attendance at mosques, suraus and religious halls for Friday prayers is filtered by one’s health level through the BruHealth app from Monday to Friday.

Those given the green code can book for the mosque listed in the application. It is necessary for congregants who intend to perform the Friday prayers, and those who have not registered, to sign up for the BruHealth application to find out their health status that entitles them to attend the mosque, surau and religious hall.

If their health is found to be unacceptable by having a colour code other than green, then they are not required to attend Friday prayers. They have Uzur Syarie which frees them from the duty of performing Friday prayers.