Quiet, serene at Masjid Negara

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The Imam of Masjid Negara (National Mosque), Muhammad Afif Jamal led the Zohor prayer with the bilal without the usual congregation after the Friday prayer was halted in conjunction with the Movement Control Order to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 MARCH 2020
The Imam of Masjid Negara (National Mosque), Muhammad Afif Jamal led the Zohor prayer with the bilal without the usual congregation after the Friday prayer was halted in conjunction with the Movement Control Order to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 MARCH 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

KUALA LUMPUR – The Friday prayer is halted in all mosques nationwide following the 14-day Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced since 18 March to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. The order was issued in hope to break the chain of the coronavirus pandemic.

Extremely rare condition where Masjid Negara is quiet, without the sight of visitors following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the Covid-19 outbreak which temporary halted the activities in the mosque.     PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 MARCH 2020.
Extremely rare condition where Masjid Negara is quiet, without the sight of visitors following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the Covid-19 outbreak which temporary halted the activities in the mosque.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 MARCH 2020.

Based on an observation by MalaysiaGazette at Masjid Negara, the mosque was quiet and serene. There were no sight of congregation with the exception of those who stopped by to perform their Zohor prayer.

The traffic in front of the mosque was also smooth, a rare condition to the usual Friday afternoon traffic.

A Muslim performing his Zohor prayer alone at the Masjid Negara following the nationwide Movement Control Order to curb the spread of Covid-19.     PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 MARCH 2020
A Muslim performing his Zohor prayer alone at the Masjid Negara following the nationwide Movement Control Order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 MARCH 2020

Meanwhile, all entrances of the mosque had signs which read “Masjid Negara will be closed and all activities such as Group Prayers, Friday Prayers, Sermons, Lectures, Visitation is postponed.”

The order to halt Friday prayer is in line with the measures taken by several other Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Last Monday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin declared the Movement Control Order in Malaysia from 18 until 31 March to contain the spread of Covid-19.

This is the first time in history for Malaysia to enforce such restriction order.

A total of 110 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported as of 12.00 pm yesterday turning the cumulative cases to 900 with two deaths on Tuesday. -MalaysiaGazette

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