Muis announced on 24 July that limited Hari Raya Haji prayers will be conducted at mosques on 31 July with safe management measures in place. Due to limited places, congregants who are unable to obtain a booking are encouraged to conduct prayers at home and tune in to the live broadcast of the Hari Raya Sermon by Mufti, Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir.
This is especially so for vulnerable individuals, such as people aged above 60, people exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory infection (ARI), and people with pre-existing chronic medical conditions. Children below the age of 12 are also advised to refrain from going to the mosque, and to perform their prayers at home instead.
Hari Raya Haji Prayer
The Hari Raya Haji Sermon will be delivered by Mufti Dr Nazirudin in Malay (with English subtitles) on SalamSG TV as well as on Mediacorp Radio Warna 94.2FM. Mufti will deliver his sermon after leading prayer at 8:30am at Masjid Maarof. SalamSG TV and Warna will also broadcast the takbir (exaltation and praise to Allah swt) before the Hari Raya Haji prayer.
The sermon will also be delivered in Tamil by Masjid Jamae Chulia and Masjid Al Abrar via their Facebook platforms, and on Bisme Radio. Masjid Malabar will broadcast their sermon in Malayalam and the sermon will also be delivered in Bengali on SalamSG TV at 9:30am.
Guidance from the Office of the Mufti
Those who did not manage to secure a place to perform Hari Raya prayers in mosques can perform it at home with their families, similar to the arrangements for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, and families are encouraged to watch the Hari Raya sermon online.
In relation to Friday prayers, although the majority of scholars from the Shafiee, Hanafi and Maliki schools of thought are of the opinion that Friday prayer is still wajib (compulsory) for those who have performed Hari Raya prayers on the morning of the day, the Office of the Mufti advised that this opinion is best applied during normal situations where space and other similar limitations are not an issue.
Muslims who are able to secure a slot for Hari Raya prayer will not need to perform the Friday prayer, and may instead perform the Zuhur prayer and listen to the Friday sermon online.
Safe Management Measures
All congregants are advised to adhere to the safe management measures. This includes not attending if unwell, taking wudhu before coming to the mosque, bringing your own prayer items (prayer mats and a shoe bag), wearing a mask, refraining from talking and making physical contact with other congregants whilst in the mosque and maintaining safe distancing and using SafeEntry when entering and exiting the mosques.