Moderate Maal Hijrah celebrations at mosques

A notice informing to public on the requirement to attend Friday prayer at Central Seberang Prai district mosque in Bandar Perda. One of the requirement was to have at least first dose vaccination before being allowed to enter mosque compound. (August 8,2021). -ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

MAAL Hijrah state-level celebrations today in Penang will be held online, said state Islamic affairs committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman. Ahmad Zakiyuddin said a simple celebration will be held at Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak’s temporary residence at E&O Hotel Penang with special prayers.

He said he would be joining State Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor, State Secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar and a few others at the event.

“The event will be broadcast live on the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP) Facebook page,” he said.

Maal Hijrah celebrations last year was also held in a simple manner by conforming to the standard operating procedures (SOP) in place.

Ahmad Zakiyuddin, who is also Deputy Chief Minister I, called on all mosque committees in Penang to mark the event by holding simple prayers and adhering to strict SOP to contain the spread of Covid-19 infections.

An online forum in conjunction with Maal Hijrah was streamed online on Sunday via the JHEAIPP Facebook page.

Among the notable speakers at the forum were motivator Datuk Dr Danial Zainal Abidin and religious teacher Ruslan Che Rus.

Meanwhile, the central Seberang Prai district mosque committee said it would heed the government’s call by organising a simple event to commemorate the auspicious day.

The mosque’s grand imam Abdullah Ismail said they would be conducting special prayers at the mosque in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, to celebrate Maal Hijrah.

Abdullah said in compliance with the SOP, only a congregation of 150 people would be allowed in the mosque.

In north Seberang Prai, Abdullah Fahim mosque grand imam Zulkkhary Ramli said normally they would organise a feast and hold talks to welcome Maal Hijrah.

“But this year, we have to settle for a simple celebration.

“I hope the pandemic will end soon and we can go back to our normal life,” he said.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is considered to be one of two holiest months for Muslims, the other being Ramadan.

It also marked the time of hijrah or when Prophet Muhammad and the early followers of Islam migrated from Mecca to Madinah in search of a better place to live, serve Allah and spread the word on Islam.

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