Azlan Othaman & Wani Roslan
Mosques, suraus and religious halls committees throughout the country will be allowed to resume group activities including mass reading of Surah Yaasiin, Tahlil and Ratib Al-Attas as the country moves to Phase 3 of de-escalation plan starting on July 6.
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 a press conference yesterday.
Religious talk events, Al-Qur’an reading and religious classes will also be permitted with a maximum of 50 attendees for a period of one hour.
The minister said the third phase of mosques re-opening will begin at dawn on July 6.
The gradual re-opening of mosques, suraus and religious halls activities nationwide that began on May 29 for Friday prayers, five daily prayers on June 15 and the mosque committees activities starting on July 6 are guided by the Ministry of Health’s advice.
All precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections will continue to be enforced including mandatory use of face mask during Friday prayers.
Wearing face masks is highly encouraged during the daily five-times obligatory prayers, the minister added.
Meanwhile, Al-Quran and Muqaddam classes as well as Korban ceremony will be included in the fourth phase. The minister said, congregants are advised to liaise with the Mosque Affairs Department with regards to the Korban ceremony.
Discussions to properly hold the ceremony as well as Hari Raya Aidiladha will be announced during the next phase of the de-scalation, the minister added.
“We are grateful to Allah the Almighty for His mercy and grace that mosques, suraus and religious halls which are closed temporarily beginning March 17 have been gradually reopened. Let’s take such blessing with open heart and hope that Allah the Almighty will continue to bless us to reach the fourth phase of the reopening and resume normal religious activities at all mosques, suraus and religious halls throughout the country,” the minister said.