PUTRAJAYA — For the first time in history, Muslims will observe Ramadan in a “new normal” era in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that affects the world and Malaysia is no exception.
Stressing that all ibadah (religious activities) and other Ramadan traditions are to be conducted at home, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Senator Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri explained that the new normal refers to no congregational prayers including Friday and tarawih prayers at mosques and suraus in compliance with the Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced by the government.
“There will be no breaking of fast programmes at mosques and suraus during the MCO period as well as ‘moreh’ (supper) after tarawih prayers. The alternative is for us to carry out all these Ramadan activities at home.
“All of us want to perform more ibadah during Ramadan as it is part of efforts to preserve the religion (hifz aldin) as provided under the maqasid al-shariah. However, protecting lives is important too at present,” he said in a special message aired on television today.
The former Federal Territories mufti also said the people should always be in a positive spirit and thankful even if it is difficult to get used to the new norms in fasting this time.