Saturday, October 27, 2012

Muslims nationwide celebrated Aidiladha today on a moderate scale and in appreciation of sacrifice as required by Islamic teachings. Aidiladha is of great significance for Muslims worldwide and is celebrated in memory of the sacrifice made by the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail in obeying Allah. Fine weather in the morning enabled Muslims to perform their prayers comfortably, followed by the sacrificial offerings carried out at mosques, villages and housing estates. The Meteorological Department has, however, forecast isolated rain and thunderstorms in several states later in the day. This year, Aidiladha fell on the holy day of Friday and Muslims congregated again at mosques for the Friday prayers.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah joined millions of Muslims from around the world in performing the Haj this year.

In KELANTAN, Sultan Muhammad V performed prayers with about 5,000 people at the Muhammadi Mosque in Kota Baharu, led by the Grand Imam, Mohamad Hanafizi Abdullah, of the Kelantan Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council.

In TERENGGANU, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin performed prayers with more than a 1,000 people at the Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Mosque in Ladang, Kuala Terengganu. He was accompanied by other members of the royal family and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

In PERAK, the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir joined about 1,000 people for the prayers at the Abu Bakar As-Siddiq Mosque at the General Operations Force Camp in Ulu Kinta. Raja Dr Nazrin Shah is also scheduled to officially open the Hidayatul Ummah Mosque in Kota Lama Kiri, Kuala Kangsar, and join the congregation there for the Friday prayers.

The state government organised annual sacrificial offering programme 'Korban Perdana' managed to collect RM1.17 million from various state agencies and statutory bodies. The funds were used to buy livestock for sacrifice at state and district level.

In PAHANG, the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Tengku Puan of Pahang, Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Sultan Iskandar, joined about 2,000 people who congregated at the Sultan Haji Ahmad 1 State Mosque. Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, state executive councillors and government officers. The prayers were led by Pahang Mufti Datuk Abdul Rahman Osman.

In SELANGOR, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah performed prayers with about 20,000 people at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. Also present was Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. The mosque's Grand Imam, Ustaz Ahmad Mustafa Mohd Sidin Al-Muqri, led the prayers. The congregation also included foreign Muslim students from the Al-Madinah International University and foreign workers.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, joined about 500 people for prayers at the Tuanku Munawir Royal Mosque in Seri Menanti. He was accompanied by the Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Aishah Rohani Binti Tengku Besar Mahmud and several other members of the royal family. Their Majesties then attended a 'tahlil' ceremony at the Seri Menanti Royal Mausoleum. Tuanku Muhriz also attended the sacrificial offering ceremony at the mosque.

In MELAKA, Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob joined a congregation of about 7,000 for prayers at the Al-Azim Mosque in Melaka city. Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. The state-sponsored sacrificial offering of 19 cows would be held at the mosque tomorrow.

In PULAU PINANG, the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas performed the Aidiladha prayers at the Masjid Haji Abdullah Fahim in Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang. Also present was the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In SABAH, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin joined about 5,000 people for prayers at the State Mosque in Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu. Also present were community leaders and heads of state and federal government departments.

In SARAWAK, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife, Toh Puah Rokiah Abdullah performed the Aidiladha prayers at the Masjid Jamek Kuching. Also present were Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife, Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, and other Sarawak cabinet ministers.



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