TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Mosque Council (DMI Jakarta) urges Muslims in Jakarta who are living in a neighborhood that is classified as Covid-19 red zones to practice Ramadan religious practices such as the night time prayer ‘tarawih’ at home.
The Jakarta covid-19 counter website corona.go.id records that there are at least 3,058 communities (RT) classified as coronavirus red zones.
“We ask mosques or mushola (a small place of worship for Muslims) located within the red zones to temporarily be closed for the collective good,” said DMI Jakarta chairperson Makmun Al Ayyubi on April 12. “And to [temporarily] not conduct night time prayers.”
He fears that if massive congregations are permitted to be held in Mosques that it would create new spreads of the virus within the community and cited that ‘tarawih’ can be conducted at home without reducing the religious value of it.
As to the mosques and mushola located outside of the Covid-19 red zones, he strongly asked management to implement strict health protocols upon practicing the Ramadan prayers. There are 3,900 mosques and roughly 6,000 mushola in the capital city.