Johor New Hari Raya Haji’s SOP Allows ‘Ibadah Korban’ to be Carried Out

Social distancing is no longer required, find out what more that’s allowed

State Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Mohd Fared Mohd Khalid during the announcement for the new Raya Haji SOP

The Johor state administration has approved the holding of ‘ibadah korban’ (animal sacrificial rites) in conjunction with Hari Raya Haji under certain conditions.

According to the chairman of the State Islamic Religious Affairs Committee, Mohd Fared Mohd Khalid, the activity may take place in slaughterhouses registered with the Veterinary Services Department (JPV) of the respective districts.

“We also allow it to be done in mosques and surau, as well as venues with designated slaughtering space and amenities, with the consent of the District Kadi Office and JPV.”

“However, if there are limited spaces or facilities, only meat cutting, packaging, and distribution activities are permitted,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Mohd Fared stated that beginning the 13th of June, 2022, congregants at mosques and surau in the state will be allowed to stand closer to one another during prayers.

The wearing of the face mask is still necessary during the ‘transition to endemic’ phase, he added, and congregants are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.

Other activities in mosques and surau, such as religious lectures and ‘zikir’ ceremonies, were permitted, according to Mohd Fared, although hand shaking among attendees is not encouraged.

“Aside from that, no body temperature checks and age limits (have been set), with all cooking and dining activities in the mosque and surau area, as well as staying overnight is allowed but not encouraged for those with symptoms.”

“Weddings can also be held in mosques and surau with multi-purpose halls,” he noted.