Tarawih prayers allowed at mosques

Abang Johari (second right) presents a cheque to Sarawak State Mosque Welfare Trust Board (LAKMNS) chief executive officer Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai while (from left) Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department director Khalidi Ibrahim, Dr Abdul Rahman and Sarawak Islamic Council president Datuk Misnu Taha look on.

KUCHING: Tarawih prayers are allowed to be performed at mosques throughout Sarawak, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“This is the second year where Ramadan is celebrated during Covid-19. Last year, we did not allow tarawih prayers to be performed.

“This year, we allow tarawih prayers to be performed under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said when officiating at the presentation of annual contribution to mosques at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

Abang Johari said however, the congregation must end their sessions by 10pm and can continue with their prayers at home.

“The number of congregation allowed in the mosque is limited to 50 percent capacity only,” he said.

Recently, the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maip) has allowed tarawih prayers for Ramadan this year to be held in two sessions in the state.

Meanwhile, Kelantan, through its Kelantan Islamic and Malay Customs Council (Maik), has allowed tarawih prayers to be held at its mosques and surau.

Last month, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the SOPs for Ramadan would be announced after the state Islamic Council’s meeting.