Selangor Ruler suspends all mosque activities until May 31

Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
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KLANG - Activities and prayers at all mosques in Selangor have been suspended until May 31.

The suspension was decreed by Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah following a special meeting yesterday between the state Mufti's office, Selangor Islamic Religious Council and Selangor Islamic Religious Department.

The Ruler's private secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, said the Ruler had decreed that no activities were to be held at mosques and surau until May 31.

He said the activities involved Friday prayers, group prayers, talks and lectures.

He said Sultan Sharafuddin made the decision to protect all Selangorians from the Covid-19 pandemic.

"However, if the pandemic is contained earlier, a fresh order will be issued, " Mohamad Munir said in a statement yesterday.

He said the main Friday prayers must be replaced with Zohor prayers at home, adding that the five-time daily prayers and terawih prayers during Ramadan must also be held at home.

"All citizens must be more committed in the effort to overcome the pandemic by staying at home, ensuring personal cleanliness as well as observing social distancing, " he added.

Mohamad Munir said the Ruler wanted all to adhere to the government's instructions and guidelines issued by the Health Ministry.

"His Highness stressed that it was very important for these to be obeyed to prevent an increase in Covid-19 infections, " he said.

According to Mohamad Munir, the Ruler was also concerned with the spread of fake news and videos.

He said Sultan Sharafuddin wanted all parties to be more responsible.He said the Ruler advised the people not to easily believe unverified posts on social media.

Mohamad Munir said Sultan Sharafuddin also urged the people to pray that Selangor be protected from the deadly pandemic.

He said the Ruler wished all Muslims, who will be observing the fasting month soon, a blessed Ramadan.

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