KUALA TERENGGANU — Sultan Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has urged the people of the state to look at the COVID-19 pandemic as a test of their (religious) strength and to intensify their religious practices, especially during the month of Ramadan this year.
He said if the pandemic continues and the Movement Control Order (MCO) is extended, the Ramadan experience this time will be different from previous years.
“There will not be congregational tarawih prayers, no group Quran tadarus (recitation), and group selawat in mosques or surau,” he said.
“However, this is not an excuse for us to forgo this opportunity to gain pahala (rewards) as promised by Allah for anyone who performs these religious obligations during Ramadan,” he said in a special message in conjunction with the start of Ramadan soon.
“These deeds can be performed at home with the family members,” he said.
Sultan Mizan also said he was sad that the people of Terengganu were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who had been found positive for it.
“Some have died and I pray that those who are still receiving treatment will recover soon,” he said.
“I convey my condolences to the families of those who died and pray that they remain strong in the face of these difficult times. I also pray that the souls of those who died are placed among the righteous,” he said.
Sultan Mizan also expressed his appreciation of the frontliners comprising doctors, nurses and all the staff of the Health Ministry, Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Armed Forces, Civil Defence Force, RELA and everyone involved in the efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.
“I congratulate everyone and pray that your good needs are rewarded by Allah,” he said.
Sultan Mizan also urged the people in the state to comply with all the regulations set by the government during the MCO, to observe personal hygiene and that of their families, and to practise social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Keep praying to Allah for this pandemic to end in the state and our country. Let this test be a reason for us to strengthen our iman (faith).
“Continue to be patient in the face of this test, especially during the month of Ramadan. May we be rewarded with joy, insya-Allah,” he said, adding that he prayed for the people to remain healthy and safe, protected by Allah.
He also said that he prayed all the people remain healthy and safe, protected by Allah and can perform their fasting with faith.