MoRA updates face mask guidelines

Azlan Othman

The Department of Mosque Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) updated on the guidelines for wearing face masks in mosques, suraus and religious halls throughout the country as advised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) apart from complying with the rules and guidelines previously set.

The ministry in a statement yesterday reiterated what was said at the COVID-19 press conference on September 24 on de-escalation measures regarding activities in mosques, suraus and religious halls which are still maintained and now in fourth phase.

Among the updated procedures on wearing face masks are congregants are required to wear face masks and practise social distancing during Friday prayers.

Congregants are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and are required to practise physical distancing when performing daily prayers.

Congregants are required to wear face masks and practise physical distancing while attending Islamic celebrations and national events as well as large scale mosque activities such as Doa Kesyukuran in conjunction with National Day, Doa Kesyukuran in conjunction with royal birthday celebrations, ceremonies in conjunction with the beginning of the Islamic New Year Hijrah and Khatam Al-Quran ceremony.

Other major Islamic events include Dikir Maulud held for 12 nights, Takbir Hari Raya, Doa Kesyukuran in conjunction with Teacher’s Day; Doa Kesyukuran to mark Civil Service Day; Doa Kesyukuran in conjunction with National Youth Day; talks and Tazkirah (religious talk).

Congregants are encouraged to wear face masks and practise physical distancing when attending small scale mosque activities with a capacity under 50 people such as religious classes, lectures and weekly Tazkirah.