Online akad nikah if physical ceremonies not allowed

Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi

KUCHING: Akad nikah (marriage solemnisation) ceremony via online platforms will be used as an alternative if physical ceremony during the movement control order (MCO) is disapproved by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)

“The Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (Jais) approved the akad nikah of 368 couples from May 29 to June 11 throughout the state,” said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

Dr Abdul Rahman said that a discussion between the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS) and Jais had been conducted regarding an appeal to the SDMC on this matter.

“The director of Jais had also sent a letter on the matter to the SDMC a week ago.

“We will wait for SDMC’s decision on this application. If approved, then these 368 couples will be able to do their ceremonies at the Jais office in their respective divisions like what we always do during the conditional MCO,” he said after visiting a project to upgrade the drainage system at Kampung Temedak, on Monday (June 28).

On another note, Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi revealed that ‘ibadah korban’ (animal sacrificial rites) was postponed.

He said this in response to the announcement made by federal Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri on allowing ‘ibadah korban’.

“In Sarawak, we will postpone ‘ibadah korban’ this year to help the government in fighting Covid-19.

“Postponing ‘ibadah korban’ means postponing everything, including slaughtering, butchering and distribution activities.

“However, Aidiladha prayers are still allowed.”