MELAKA, May 14 -- Friday prayers in mosques in Melaka will be allowed from May 29 but with conditions, Melaka Mufti Datuk Abdul Halim Tawil said today.
The decision on the matter was reached at a special meeting of the Melaka Fatwa (Edict) Committee yesterday, he said.
Abdul Halim said only 40 worshippers will be allowed for the Friday prayers but added that this will be subject to developments and the consideration of the National Security Council.
The mosque managements must take the appropriate control measures to ensure the health of the worshippers in compliance with the standard operating procedures of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), he said.
“There will be no Friday prayers in mosques in Melaka tomorrow (May 15) and on May 22. These will be replaced with the Zuhur prayers at home,” he said.
The special meeting yesterday also decided that there will be no Aidilfitri prayers in mosques in Melaka, he said, adding that these prayers will be held within the family at home.
At a press conference here today, Abdul Halim said the 40 worshippers would be selected by the board members of each mosque in the state and taking into consideration the size of the mosque to provide comfort and safety to them.
He said the rotation system would be used so that everyone who are eligible would be able to perform the prayers.
Abdul Halim said the worshippers must fulfill several criteria including those between the age of 15 and 65 years, and must be free of any risk of infection or complication.
The selected worshippers need to bring their own prayer mats, perform ablution at home and wear face masks while the mosque managements need to provide hand sanitiser, ensure a one-metre social distancing, record the names of those present and carry out disinfection works before and after Friday prayers, he added.
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