No change in SOPs for mosques, surau

Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi
BY SARAH HAFIZAH CHANDRA

KUCHING: The standard operating procedures (SOPs) for mosques and surau are to remain the same.

However, any fitting amendments will be made by the director of Sarawak Islamic Council (Jais) with the advice from the state’s Mufti.

Muslims attending congregational prayers in mosques and surau are urged to adhere to the SOPs and remain cautious to be on the safe side said Assistant Minister of Islamic Affairs and DBKU Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

“We urge fellow Muslims to bring their own prayer mat and to perform wudhu at their home prior. This is for the sake of being on the safe side amidst the spike of Covid-19 cases nationwide,” he said.

According to Abdul Rahman who is Pantai Damai assemblyman and also Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply), there is now a minimum age allowed to perform prayers in mosques and surau which is seven years old.

On the number of congregation, the limit remains the same and is according to the capacity of the mosques and surau, he pointed out.

“Mosques with a bigger capacity compared to surau will accommodate a bigger congregation. However, the 1 metre and not less than 0.5 metre distance for Saf will be practised throughout,” he added.

Muslims congregating in their houses of worship are still required to check-in, have their temperature check and wear face mask when performing prayers.