Children aged 12 and above can attend Friday prayers

Azlan Othman

Muslims performing Friday prayers at mosques, suraus and religious halls can now put their prayer mats close to each other starting tomorrow.

Previously, prayer mats had to be placed one metre apart to observe social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic.

Children aged 12 and above are also allowed to join the Friday prayers and congregants don’t have to book slots through BruHealth app. Women and children below 12 are still not allowed to join Friday prayers.

This was highlighted by Head of Idarah Division at the Mosque Affairs Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Haji Asminan bin Haji Chuchu at Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien mosque yesterday.

Haji Asminan urged congregants and the public to adhere to the guidelines stipulated by Mosque Affairs Department when inside the mosques, suraus and religious halls.

Congregants are still required to scan BruHealth QR code and only those with green and yellow codes are allowed to perform Friday and five daily prayers.

Congregants are also urged to wear face masks, perform ablution at home, bring their prayer mats, have their body temperature checked and to use hand sanitiser.

Congregants should avoid shaking hands and those with flu symptoms are urged not to go to the mosque. Mosque activities not exceeding 100 people are now allowed for durations not exceeding two hours. Al-Quran and Muqaddam classes on Friday are also allowed.

Starting Friday, prayer mats do not have to be one metre apart. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN