Tokyo’s Indonesian Mosque to Hold Eid Prayers Three Times

JABAR EKSPRES — The Indonesian Mosque of Tokyo (MIT) will hold Eid al-Fitr prayers in three batches on 1 Shawwal 1444 hijri or estimated to fall on Saturday (22/4).

Chairman of the Family of Indonesian Islamic Communities (KMII) Japan, Muhammad Aziz, in Tokyo on Thursday said that the implementation of the Eid al-Fitr prayers in three batches to accommodate the number of worshipers who are expected to swell.

“Because Eid is expected to fall on April 22, it is Saturday and will be crowded. So there will be three batches,” he said on Thursday (13/4).

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The Eid prayer at the Tokyo Indonesian Mosque for wave 1 starts at 07.00-07.45 local time (05.00-05.45 WIB), Second at 08.30-09.15 local time and Third at 09.45-10.30 local time.

The capacity can accommodate a maximum of 600 pilgrims.

Aziz said that in last year’s Eid al-Fitr, around 1,500 worshipers attended and the number is expected to increase, especially now that the restrictions on social activities in Japan have been relaxed.

The Japanese government has lifted the obligation to wear masks since March 13 and will change the pandemic status to endemic on May 8.

“I don’t know the extent of the increase, but if you look at the record every Saturday-Sunday, it might increase twice. The interest of the community is huge,” he said.

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To accommodate the large number of worshipers who will attend, the Tokyo Indonesian Mosque will use various facilities of the Indonesian Hall and the yard of the Tokyo Indonesian Republican School (SRIT) for the Eid prayer.

Meanwhile, for the determination of 1 Syawal 1444 Hijri, Aziz said that his party will follow the isbat session in Japan which refers to the isbat session in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“The isbat session is planned to be held at MIT, while we wait for the decision there, we also wait for the results of the isbat session from Malaysia and Indonesia,” he said.

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