SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan Islamic Religious Affairs Department today denied that a viralled video of a congregation performing the Friday prayer at Masjid At-Taqwa, Paroi here, showed them not complying with the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP).
Its director, Datuk Mohd Zaidi Ramli said the Friday prayer was monitored by the police, RELA and mosque staff, with members of the congregation complying with the prescribed SOP, such as bringing their own prayer rugs, wearing face masks and keeping their physical distance.
“Only one gate was opened for entrance to the mosque area and the mosque committee also provided three tents outside the mosque area for those arriving to register and scan their body temperature before entering the mosque.
“Members of the congregation were also not allowed to park their vehicles in the mosque area based on the SOP that has been set. That was why, there were many vehicles seen on the road shoulder,” he said in a statement today.You May Also Like
Yesterday, the video was shared on social media, in which the narrator in the video alleged that members of the congregation at the mosque did not wear face masks and there were many of them.
Mohd Zaidi said there were only 900 people at the mosque yesterday, although the capacity allowed after taking into account physical distancing was 1,200 individuals, while the actual capacity of the mosque was 3,000 people.
He said JHEAINS remained consistent in taking stern action against those caught violating the SOP. – Bernama