Tarawih Prayers Without Keeping Distance, Head of IDI Covid-19 Task Force Suggests People Do This

Suara.com – This year’s holy month of Ramadan is the third time it has occurred amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Even so, the risk of transmitting the corona virus may be somewhat different from Ramadan two years ago.

Chair of the IDI Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Professor Dr. dr. Zubairi Djurban, Sp.PD., said that the risk of transmission of the corona virus has indeed fallen drastically.

“We can see from the positivity rate which is still low. But it is not very safe, what is called very safe is like December where the positivity rate can be brought up to 1 percent. Now we are still above 10 percent,” said Professor Zubairi met at the PB IDI office, Jakarta, some time ago.

The recommendation of a number of scholars has indeed allowed congregational prayers in mosques to be close to each other. However, Professor Zubairi suggested, it is better to maintain social distancing.

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According to him, congregational prayers in mosques in open spaces are also considered safer from the risk of transmission, because air circulation is better.

“I’m not a religious expert, but as far as I remember, the Prophet (Muhammad) only prayed tarawih (congregation in the mosque) once. So it’s not really advisable to always pray in congregation in the mosque. Tarawih prayers at home may be with your wife and children and you can take care of yourself. distance,” he said.

Meanwhile, related to Eid al-Fitr, Professor Zubairi reminded how based on experience two years in a row, Covid-19 cases often rise after the long holiday period.

Therefore, even though the government will allow the implementation of Eid homecoming, people are advised not to go home in groups.

Homecoming activities using buses, such as before the Covid-19 pandemic, can no longer be carried out at this time.

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“Now times have changed. The new normal change means that we still have to take care of ourselves, because if we are sick, not only ourselves, but also can infect others,” he said.

It is important to remember, continued Professor Zubairi, that all policies related to community activities need to be adapted to the daily conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.