Thursday, September 23

Mosque officials, committee members carry out Friday prayers after MIS eases restrictions


Attendees getting their temperatures checked.

KUCHING: Friday was the day Muslims in Sarawak have been waiting for after the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) allowed Friday prayers to be held in all mosques and surau after nearly two months of Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

India Mosque Kuching, or better known as the Floating Mosque, is adopting standard operating procedures (SOP) in accordance with the conditions set by MIS to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Friday prayers were completed in approximately 30 minutes, with only 12 people allowed to attend the prayers.

They were required to do ‘wuduk’ before entering the mosque and were required to use face masks.

They were also required to write down their personal details at the entrance of the mosque.

Social distancing was also observed during prayers.

Once allowed to enter the mosque premises, they underwent a body temperature check and were only allowed inside if their body temperature did not exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius.

Hand sanitisers were also administered to ensure their hands were not contaminated, while social distancing was also observed with each person seated one meter away from each other.

Meanwhile, Masjid Bandar Kuching Khairat (Charity) Trust Board chairman Dr Shajahan Sayeed Ahmad said that after two months of being unable to attend Friday prayers, he and several committee members were happy and excited with the decision.

In compliance with the MCO and CMCO, even Dr Shajahan was not allowed to enter the mosque in the past two months.

“During this period, we have not seen or entered the mosque for nearly two months.

“So when MIS allowed Friday prayers to be held, all members of the mosque were happy,” he said.

MIS allows Friday prayers to be held at all mosques and surau effective Friday. However, it only involves attendees consisting of officials and members of the management committee of the mosque during the CMCO period.