MUIS: Muslims who are unwell or in quarantine can skip Friday prayers at a mosque

Muis also urged Muslims in Singapore to stop spreading any unverified news on the coronavirus.

Syahindah Ishak | January 30, 2020, 06:55 PM

Performing Friday prayers at a mosque is obligatory for Muslim men.

But there are certain exceptions.

Reminders issued to Muslims in Singapore

In a media release on Thursday (Jan. 30), the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said that Muslim men who are experiencing symptoms of the Wuhan virus, or are in quarantine, need not attend the Friday prayers at a mosque.

Besides that, Muis urged Muslims in Singapore to "share the responsibility of minimising the transmission of the virus".

To do so, they are encouraged to maintain good personal hygiene and continuously monitor their health.

Muis also reminds Singaporean Muslims to not spread any fake news, emphasising that Muslims should not attribute any unfortunate incident as the result of committing a sin.

"The Muslim community must always ensure the validity of any news. We should never spread any unverified news that may cause a stir and create confusion among members of community.

In addition, it is important for us to ensure that we do not form opinions and make judgements without care or consideration, such as attributing any unfortunate incident to be a result of committing a wrong/sin."

You can read Muis' full media release here.

170 deaths as of Jan. 30

According to China’s National Health Commission, the Wuhan coronavirus has claimed the lives of 170 people as of Thursday (Jan. 30).

In addition, there are over 7,700 confirmed cases, with the majority in China.

Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore have at least 10 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Singapore confirmed its eight, ninth, and 10th cases on Wednesday (Jan. 29).

Top image via Muis/FB.