MUIS SINGAPORE (The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore) has stated Muslims should avoid traditional Hari Raya visits and gatherings, so as to follow restrictions on public and private gatherings during the "circuit breaker" period aimed to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday - which falls on May 24 - is still within the circuit breaker period. MUIS stressed "Visits to loved ones in different households, especially elderly family members, should be deferred until restrictions on visits are lifted, except where important care-giving is required,". It also suggested that those heading out to do festive shopping should do so individually and keep trips as short as possible. It added "It is all the more important to take precautions now and adjust to the new norms, so that we can visit our loved ones later when it is safe to do so, in more Hari Rayas to come,"
MUIS mentioned that the recitation of the takbir (prayer call) in mosques on the eve of Hari Raya will not be possible due to the closure of mosques in Singapore. This will instead by done by Muslims with their family members in their own homes, with various live online channels, such as MUIS' SalamSG TV Youtube channel, as well as on the Facebook accounts of MUIS and individual mosques. "This year, as our mosques remain closed, Muslims will celebrate the morning of Hari Raya in their homes with their family members of the same household," MUIS said. After which they can hear the Mufti will deliver a live Hari Raya sermon which will be broadcast over radio, as well as various online channels such as SalamSG TV. "This will be a special Hari Raya season that requires all of us to remain vigilant, resilient and united. We must take a serious view of the COVID-19 threat, exercise social responsibility, and keep our loved ones and the larger Singapore society safe. Only then can we overcome this challenge and emerge stronger as a community." said MUIS