Friday prayers to continue despite Covid-19

Congregants have been advised to take extra precautions when coming for Friday prayers.

PETALING JAYA: Mosques in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will hold congregationary prayers as usual, with Muslims told to perform their ritual ablutions before coming.

Minister in charge of Islamic affairs Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri also said hand sanitisers must be provided at all mosques as a precautionary measure.

“Those with Covid-19 symptoms do not have to attend as they are considered as ill people,” he said in a statement today.

He also advised that the Friday sermon be shortened.

Earlier, Perlis cancelled Friday prayers at mosques across the state today, in line with a decree by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.

Muslims were told to replace the prayer with the regular zohor prayer at home.

The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also president of the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council, said the ruler had issued the decree after obtaining the views and advice of the health ministry as well as the Perlis fatwa committee.