Breaking fast not allowed in mosques, surau

Dr Abdul Rahman (second left) and Junaidi (left) are briefed on the development of Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub protocol road.

KUCHING: Breaking fast, moreh or sahur is not allowed to be held at mosques or surau during the month of Ramadan.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the ruling was included in the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) in an effort to combat Covid-19.

“Any feast such as breaking fast, moreh or sahur is not allowed in the mosque or surau.

“If the management committee of the mosque or surau wants to provide food, they can do it in packages,” he said.

He said this when asked to comment on the operation of mosques and surau during the month of Ramadan.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply), explained that terawih and witr prayers are allowed with a maximum of 200 people or half of the capacity of the mosque or surau.

“The mosque will start opening at 4am and close around 10.30 pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, when asked about hawkers selling food from homes, he said there was no restriction on traders selling food in residential areas during Ramadan.

“However, they still have to comply with the SOPs such as using the MySejahtera registration, temperature checks and providing hand washing liquid,” he explained.