Last March 16, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) issues a memorandum to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In this memo, the NCMF temporarily suspends Islamic gatherings in Metro Manila and other places under quarantine.
(Photo of memo from facebook.com/BERncmf)
With President Duterte declaring a National Public Health Emergency and prohibiting mass gathering in Metro Manila, the NCMF followed suit. This also comes after a mosque in San Juan City temporarily shuts down after it was found out that a man who tested positive for the virus frequently visited the mosque.
The memorandum issued says that the following religious activities are hereby enjoined:
- Jumaat and congregation prayers;
- Ijtima/johoor (large religious gathering) of Tabligh followers;
- Multaga (mass Islamic seminar);
- Madrasah and Toril classes
The NCMF says that Muslims can still pray inside the mosque, but must observe social distancing. They also encourage everyone to pray at home and to stay at home amid this crisis.
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