Support extended PPKM, Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque urges citizens

Support extended PPKM, Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque urges citizens

Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque, Nasaruddin Umar, speaking on the 43rd anniversary of the mosque in Jakarta on February 22,2021. (Istiqlal TV Mosque)

If we have tried to protect ourselves optimally, then we must surrender to Allah SWT.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar has appealed to the public to support the extended enforcement of public activity restrictions (PPKM) as part of efforts to suppress the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

"We urge the public, especially Muslims, to comply with and follow the health protocols, especially some steps set by the government to extend restrictions on community activities (PPKM) until July 25, 2021," Umar said in a written statement received here on Wednesday.

The former director general of Islamic community guidance at the Religious Affairs Ministry said he is optimistic that the community will comply with the PPKM, so that the pandemic can be immediately controlled and the death rate can continue to be suppressed.

To break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, people must avoid crowds, reduce mobility, wear masks, wash hands regularly, and maintain physical distance, he advised.

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"Therefore, I ask all of us to make this program a success by continuing the efforts that have been agreed upon by the government, the ulama, and community leaders," he said.

Besides urging the public to strengthen self-protection, Umar also appealed to Muslims to increase worship and pray to God so that the COVID-19 pandemic ends soon.

"If we have tried to protect ourselves optimally, then we must surrender to Allah SWT. Let Allah determine whatever is the best decision. The most important thing is that we have put our trust in Him, and Allah loves those who put trust in Him," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo had announced the PPKM will continue until July 25, 2021 and community activities will be gradually reopened starting July 26, 2021.

He said the PPKM has been implemented to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 so that the number of cases can decrease further. 

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