COTABATO CITY: The Darul Ifta (House of Opinion) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is now allowing prayer gatherings in mosques, provided that health protocols under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are observed.
This came about after Grand Mufti Abuhuraira Udasan issued a statement Monday for the lifting of the temporary suspension of congregational prayers in the region for the next 15 days.
“Pursuant to Resolution No. 40, dated 27th of May 2020 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) which placed BARMM under MGCQ, the (regional) Darul Ifta hereby declares the lifting of the temporary suspension of the Friday and other congregational prayers in mosques from June 1-15,” Udasan said.
Udasan clarified, however, that preventive measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have to be strictly complied with by the Islam faithful.
“The (Covid-19) pandemic still exists around,” the religious leader said.
He said that under MGCQ, only 50 percent of the mosques’ capacity is allowed every prayer with the safe physical distancing of at least one meter apart must be maintained.
Proper wearing of face masks must be instituted, as alcohol and hand sanitizers must be availed at the mosques’ entrances, he said.
Udasan said every worshipper is required to bring his or her own “sajadah” (prayer mat) with only 20 minutes allotted for ordinary prayers, and 30 minutes for the Jum’ah or main congregational prayer held on Friday noontime.
As soon as the prayer is over, everyone has to vacate the mosque to give way for its standard disinfection and sanitation, he said, adding that worshippers who are not feeling well are advised to perform their prayers at home.
(PNA/Noel Punzalan/ SRNY/ RSP)