No Friday prayers in Perlis today

The historic Masjid Alwi in Kangar, Perlis. Mosques across the northern state will not conduct the weekly congregational prayers today. (Bernama pic)

KANGAR: Perlis has cancelled Friday prayers in mosques across the state today, according to a decree by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.

Muslims have been told to replace the prayer with the regular Zohor prayer at home.

The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the president of the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maips), said the ruler issued the decree after obtaining the views and advice from the Ministry of Health on Covid-19, as well as from the Perlis Fatwa Committee.

“In keeping with the decree of the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, the Friday prayers across the state today (March 13) will be replaced with Zohor prayer at homes,” Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said in a statement issued by MAIPs.

He said this move was implemented following a string of recent developments including the advice by the health ministry that that any large-scale gathering including religious activities should be avoided.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said that mosques should also avoid conducting large scale public gatherings at this time.

He advised Muslims to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.