The manager of the Istiqlal Mosque, Central Jakarta, is considering reopening the mosque for the implementation of worship and religious activities in the month of Ramadan 1442.
The Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque, Nasaruddin Umar, explained that his party had conducted discussions to regulate the number of visitors so that they were not more than 30 percent of normal capacity.
“Hopefully Ramadan will come, insyallah (open). We will see the situation. If possible, we are open to the public, we are also open 30 percent,” Nasaruddin told reporters on Friday (2/4/2021).
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The limitation of 30 percent of the number of visitors, said Nasaruddin, was considered due to the too large capacity of the Istiqlal Mosque, which is 150,000 congregants.
“If there is a general rule, the maximum is 50 percent. However, 50 percent Istiqlal is 150,000. That 150,000 will take the same stairs, park, we have to take everything into account,” said Nasaruddin.
According to Nasaruddin, the certainty of whether the Istiqlal Mosque will be opened for the general public will be announced no later than a week before entering the holy month of Ramadan.
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This is because the management must be able to ensure that the number of congregants in the Istiqlal Mosque area can be limited and that the health protocol is running well. Berita Hari Ini
“We are watching. We will measure a week before Ramadan. We have continued meetings with DKI Jakarta and our Covid commander,” said Nasaruddin.
Until now, the Istiqlal Mosque has not been opened to the general public. This week, the management has only opened a parking area for members of the Cathedral Church who wish to carry out their services on Easter.
“Our friend has limited parking, while the area here, especially on Sundays is relatively empty, we loan it to the Cathedral,” said Nasarudin. Berita Terkini
Cathedral Church congregants who drive four-wheeled vehicles can only enter the parking area of the Istiqlal Mosque through the gate on Jalan Perwira.
After that, they will be directed to exit the Istiqlal Mosque area through gate IV Al-Fattah which is opposite the Cathedral Church. Berita politik
That way, no congregation or visitors will enter the building or prayer room of the Istiqlal Mosque.
“Istiqlal is not yet open to the public, which means that no mass has yet been passing by,” concluded Nasaruddin. Avril Lavigne Fanpage