Selangor slaps temporary ban on tabligh activities in mosques

Thousands of tabligh members had attended an event where one of them was later reported positive with Covid-19. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Islamic authorities in Selangor have slapped a temporary ban on all activities related to the tabligh movement in mosques in the state, following fears that tens of thousands of people who attended the missionary movement’s convention early this month face the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.

The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) said the directive also extends to all suraus in the state.

Yesterday, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said the Sri Petaling Mosque, where 10,000 people held a gathering at the end of last month, would be temporarily closed for disinfection due to at least one local participant testing positive for Covid-19.

He urged those who participated in the gathering to immediately get tested if they begin to experience symptoms of the virus.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a Facebook post today that health ministry personnel have been working around the clock to conduct mass screenings for Covid-19 at the Sri Petaling Mosque.

“Our health officers from Lembah Pantai are supported by staff deployed from other states to trace and track all the participants.

“It’s indeed a mammoth and daunting task. However, we need to prepare to share the responsibility as everyone can help to protect themselves and their communities,” he said.