SHAH ALAM, July 1 — Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has consented for all mosques and suraus in Selangor to hold Friday and daily congregational prayers starting July 3.
Suraus that are allowed to hold Friday prayers at the ones that have been granted permission to do so.
In a statement today, private secretary to the Selangor Ruler, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said the number of congregations would vary between the mosques and suraus.
He said three mosques — the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, or better known as the State Mosque, Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque in Bukit Jelutong, and Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah Mosque in Cyberjaya — are allowed to welcome 1,000 people for daily and Friday prayers.
“All mosques are allowed to have a maximum of 500 attendees for daily and Friday prayers, subject to the capacity of the mosque. Suraus that are permitted to hold Friday prayers can welcome 40 people, and the same number is set for daily prayers at all suraus,” he said in the statement, adding that the number of attendees excludes mosque and surau officials.
Mohamad Munir said the decision was made as His Royal Highness has been briefed by the Selangor State Health Department director, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), the Selangor Mufti Department, and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) from time to time on the Covid-19 status in the state.
He also said that His Royal Highness had reminded all members of the congregation to abide by the standard operating procedures set by Jais, which include taking their ablution (wudhu) at home, bringing their own prayer mat (sejadah), wearing a face mask inside the mosque, and practising social distancing at all times
As for the sacrificial ritual (ibadah korban) for Hari Raya Aidiladha, the State Ruler had allowed for it to be held only within the compounds of the mosques across the state.
“Suraus that have planned to hold the sacrificial ritual can do so at the nearest located mosque,” he said.
Mohamad Munir added that His Royal Highness will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and will make decisions accordingly, in time.