All mosques and surau (house of worship) in the state are now allowed to hold prayers with a maximum of 40 individuals at a time beginning this Friday.
According to the chief executive officer of Perak Islamic Religious Council and Malay Customs, Shahrul Azam Shaari, the matter was decided by the State Islamic Religious Edict (Fatwa) Council based on a ruling by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
He stated that only locals are allowed to attend.
“Starting this Friday, obligatory group prayers must not exceed 40 individuals in a session, excluding mosque staff and parish committee,” Shahrul Azam mentioned in a statement today.
Meanwhile, he stressed all mosque and surau managements in safeguarding the health of followers before they are allowed entry into the premises.
“Committee members must ensure that standard operating procedures (SOP) imposed by the National Security Council and Ministry of Health are fully adhered to,” Shahrul Azam said. “Followers’ identities must be checked and recorded before stepping into praying spaces.”
He also added that the Perak Islamic Religious Department will be releasing a guideline to all mosques and surau in Perak detailing methods for obligatory Friday and group prayers.