Covid-19: Shorten the Friday Sermon – Minister

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Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri reciting prayers during the Tausiyah Am of the agencies under its ministry at the Tuanku Mizan Sultan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 12 MARCH 2020 Friday prayer Friday sermon
Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri reciting prayers during the Tausiyah Am of the agencies under its ministry at the Tuanku Mizan Sultan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 12 MARCH 2020

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

PUTRAJAYA – Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri recommended for the Friday Sermon to be shortened as the country is facing the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said, the recommendation is among the five working papers that would be presented to the Fatwa Council for discussion and to get solution on the current situation.

He also recommended that the abdest be done at home and for the mosques to prepare sanitizers.

“On the Friday prayers, we have several recommendations, especially in the current situation. If it is possible, shorten the Friday sermon, go straight to the message that we want to deliver.

“The same goes to abdest, if it is possible, take it at home and the mosques could prepare hand sanitizers,” he told the journalists after attending the Tausiyah AM of the agencies under his ministry at the Tuanku Mizan Sultan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

Also present was the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department, Marzuki Shaari.

Earlier, Dr. Zulkifli led the dhuha prayers with the staff under his department and agencies under his ministry.

According to the former Mufti of Federal Territories, besides the Friday prayer, he also recommended a discussion with the Fatwa Council on the marriage, management of corpse and guidelines if it involves the Covid-19 cases.

He also advised the public, especially the Muslims to avoid from attending any form of assemblies.

“For those who would like to perform the Friday prayer, try not to assemble in area identified with the outbreak,” he said.

When asked about the measures taken by his ministry, Dr. Zulkifli said that he had discussed with the Ministry of Health and advised the public to avoid from travelling to countries with Covid-19 cases.

“We discussed in depth. We will look into the current situation. If it is possible, avoid it,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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