MELAKA – Melaka allows congregational Tarawih prayers in mosques but restricted to four mosques officials.
Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali, however said, the four officials – mosque chairman, imam, bilal and siak – must adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure set by the Health Ministry.
“Among the conditions that need to be fulfilled are to only perform eight rakaat (one complete set of prayers) of Tarawih prayers; not using loudspeakers; observing social distancing and the officials do not have COVID-19 symtpoms such as fever, sore throats, coughing or shortness of breath.
“The approval was given after a discussion between the Mufti’s office and the Melaka Islamic Religious Department,” he said in a statement here tonight.
Sulaiman said the state government had also agreed to allow Syariah courts in three districts namely Melaka Tengah, Jasin and Alor Gajah to sit in on urgent cases beginning May 4.
However he said, the courts were only allowed to operate for two days a week from 8 am to 12 pm throughout the fourth phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) until May 12.