COVID-19: KING CALLS FOR SHORTER FRIDAY SERMON, MOSQUES TO TAKE INFECTION PREVENTION MEASURES

THIVYAMALINI RAMALU

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has called on all mosques to shorten the Friday sermon and to provide forehead thermometer, hand sanitizer and facemasks as COVID-19 infection prevention measures.

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in a statement here today said His Majesty agreed for all Muslim males to make ablutions at home before going to the mosque for the congregational Friday prayers and those who were symptomatic of the disease should not attend the prayers as advised by the Religious Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri yesterday.

Ahmad Fadil said Al-Sultan Abdullah also decreed that all mosques in the country hold a recital of Qunut Nazilah during the congregational Subuh and Friday prayers to pray for protection from COVID-19 infection.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah is very concerned and has followed closely the latest development on COVID-19 infection. His Majesty has also expressed worry over the people’s safety and health following the rising number of confirmed infections in the country,” he said.

Yesterday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was reported as saying that the total cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia stood at 158, with the number of patients discharged from hospital had risen to 32.

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