Reopening Of Mosques, Surau and Religious Halls

The Minister of Religious Affairs announced that all mosques, suraus and religious halls in the country will reopened on Friday, 13 Rabiulakhir 1443 Hijrah corresponding to the 19th of November 2021 starting with Subuh prayer, Friday prayer as well as the following daily prayers during the Transition Phase. Meanwhile in accordance with the decision by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council MUIB, the opening of mosques are for the five times fardhu prayer and Friday prayers only. However religious activities will not yet be held until the situation is regarded as safe.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs added that only those aged 18 years and above and have completed the two vaccine doses will be allowed to perform Friday prayers as well as the five times fardhu prayers at mosques, suraus and religious halls throughout the country, which includes suraus under the purview of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Royal Brunei Police Force. Only male congregants are allowed to make bookings for the Friday prayer, whereas the five times fardhu prayer are allowed for male and female congregants. The mosque capacity for the Friday prayer is subject to the space inside and outside the mosque after physical distancing of 1 meter in between prayer mats. Meanwhile those with symptoms and at high risk are not allowed to come to mosques, suraus or religious halls.

No mosque takmir activities as well as handshakes among congregants are allowed. For Friday Prayers, congregants are required to make bookings using the BruHealth app and obtain a green or yellow code. Congregants are required to bring their own large sized prayer mats during each prayer. They are required to performed ablution or wudhu before going to the mosque. Mosque facilities such as toilets and ablution areas are not encouraged to be used unless necessary. Face masks are required to be worn at all times as well as to conduct body temperature check. The use of hand sanitisers are encouraged before entering mosques, suraus and religious halls. Meanwhile entry is controlled by uniformed teams assisted by members of the Mosque Takmir Committee; volunteers and mosque youths for the five times Fardhu Prayer and Friday Prayer.

Source: Radio Television Brunei