SHAH ALAM – The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah decreed that the decision to limit the number of congregation in the mosque and surau was to ensure the safety of Muslims.
His Majesty said that the recent Covid-19 cases and death statistics in Selangor is still on an increasing trend.
According to the Selangor Sultan’s Private Secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, His Majesty understands the concerns of the Muslims in the state, who still cannot perform congregational fardu and Friday prayers in the mosque as they need to comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) under the Movement Control Order (MCO).
“His Majesty also read the appeals channelled through the Mufti of Selangor and also the requests send to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) on the issue.
“However, His Majesty emphasized that the decision to limit the number of congregation in the mosques is to ensure the safety of all Muslims as the Covid-19 infections are still high, with high number of deaths,” he said in a statement to the media today.
According to Mohamad Munir, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Selangor has reached the five digits and while Covid-19 deaths recorded the three-digit range.
His Majesty also said that the Sultan regrets that certain quarters do not think deep and are selfish by endangering other congregation if they allow the mosques and suraus to be opened as usual.
“His Majesty does not want more people from Selangor to be infected for being careless in observing the MCO and SOP and it can cause death.
“His Majesty hopes that no one will argue about the unanimous decision taken by the authorities for the safety of Muslims in Selangor after this.
“His Majesty emphasised that not going to the mosques and suraus does not mean that a person’s acts of worship will stop,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette