The Sultan of Selangor has decreed that prayers and activities at all mosques in the state will be suspended until 31 May to contain the spread of COVID-19
On Monday, 13 April, the Selangor Royal Office published an official statement by the Sultan's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani.
It stated that Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah made the decision yesterday following a special meeting between the state Mufti's office, Selangor Islamic Religious Council, and Selangor Islamic Religious Department.
The suspension of mass prayers and activities takes effect immediately and it also applies to smaller premises such as suraus and musollas
According to Astro Awani, the suspended activities include Friday and tarawih prayers, as well as religious talks.
Mohamad Munir explained that the prayers are to be performed at home instead.
He also added that these measures are taken to protect 6.5 million people in Selangor that are at risk of COVID-19.
However, the palace will issue a new directive if the outbreak is resolved before 31 May
The statement read, "However, if the pandemic is contained earlier, a fresh order will be issued."
Mohamad Munir also urged for all citizens to be more committed in overcoming the pandemic by staying at home, ensuring personal cleanliness, as well as observing social distancing.
He said, "His Highness stressed that it is very important for these to be obeyed to prevent an increase in COVID-19 infections."
According to the Ministry of Health, Selangor is the worst-hit state in the country with 1,249 COVID-19 cases as of April 13.
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