Gov’t officials and civil servants forbidden to do communal break fasting during Ramadan

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Solat Ied
Muslims conduct Eid communal prayer at the field (IO/Rayi Gigih)

Jakarta, IO – Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas issued Circular Letter SE.08/2022 on guidelines for worship during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr 2022 signed on Tuesday (29/3).

In particular, he reminded his staff to serve as a role model in implementing health protocols when they conduct worship during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Thus, he forbade Religious Affairs Ministry’s staff to hold and attend communal break fasting (known as iftar) or similar activities.

“Officials and state civil apparatus (ASN) of the Religious Affairs Ministry are prohibited from holding or attending communal iftar, sahur, and/or Eid al-Fitr open houses,” said Yaqut as quoted from the Religious Affairs Ministry’s website, Saturday (2/4).

In addition, the circular also contains 11 other main points that must be adhered to, one of which advises Muslims to carry out Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr worship in accordance with the provisions of Islamic law.

In addition, in organizing Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr worship, mosque/mushola administrators and managers must adhere to the circular letter on the implementation of worship or religious activities in places of worship in accordance with the status of Covid-19 restrictions (PPKM) in their respective regions and fully abide by health protocols.

In addition, there are rules governing the use of loudspeakers in line with Religious Affairs Minister Decree SE.05/2022 on guidelines for the use of loudspeakers in mosques and mushola. (at)