Report: Selangor bans foreign Islamic preachers from leading mosque prayers during Ramadan

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Non-Malaysian Islamic preachers cannot lead the terawih prayers and Ihya Ramadan programmes in Selangor mosques unless with prior permission from the state Islamic Department (Jais).

Selangor Islamic Affairs, Consumer Affairs, and Halal Industry Committee executive councillor Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said administrators of mosques, surau and musalla in the state must ensure that the preachers engaged have been approved by Jais, Utusan Malaysia reported today.

“The invitation of foreign preachers is absolutely not allowed except after getting permission from Jais,” Mohd Zawawi was quoted as saying in a statement by the Malay newspaper.

He also reminded the mosque administrators to comply with other special regulations that have been set up for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts from March 22 and ends on April 21 this year.

Mohd Zawawi also said mosques in Selangor can operate at full capacity once again based on regulations set for the endemic phase of Covid-19.

Even so, he reminded Muslims to take precautions and remain vigilant to prevent contracting and spreading the contagious viral disease.

“The administrators and attendees of mosques and religious gatherings are encouraged to wear face masks and they don’t need to attend the gathering if they are feeling unwell,” he was quoted as saying.