KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) has decided to allow 30 people to attend a marriage ceremony (akad nikah) with physical distancing of one meter depending on the space of the premises that has been set by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri (pic) said, the premises include the religious offices and mosques that have been selected by JAWI.
However he said, the presence of a photographer following the standard operating procedure (SOP) that has been set and effective tomorrow (6th Nov. Friday) is allowed and he/she is not included among the 30 people invited.
“The SOP set by JAWI is to be adhered to by the people in all the Federal Territories including Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan,” he said in a special deliberation on TV1 live telecast here on Thurrsday (Nov.5).
Regarding other states, Zulkifli said, the matter depends on the decision of the state religious authorities but for standardisation purpose, the states are recommended to follow the resolution that had been made recently at the Special Meeting of the Muzkharah National Council for the Islamic Religious Affairs of Malaysia (MKI).
In another development Zulkifli said, for those staying in the yellow and green zones in the Federal Territories, the jemaah for Friday prayers in the mosques and the “Friday Surau” has been extended to one third the capacity of the hall in the mosque effective tomorrow (Friday).
“For the five times fardhu prayers in these zones, only 30 jemaah are allowed depending on the space of the praying hall with physical distancing of one meter between one jemaah to another,” he added.
Meanwhile for Labuan that is now in the red zone, the jemaah for Friday prayers is limited to 12 persons and three for the five times fardhu prayers
He said, the same procedure should be implemented in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya if there is red zone in these areas.
Zulkifli said, the procedure had been agreed at the MKI special meeting held on 2nd November and was consented by His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
On another development, Zulkifli proposed that the mosques in the yellow and green zones to provide special space for e-hailing drivers and motorists delivering food to perform their prayers.
He also suggested that the “surau” at the rest and relaxation areas along the highways and the shopping malls in the yellow and green zones to be opened for the public with the SOP being adhered.- Malaysia World News