Day of prayer and sacrifice

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims celebrated Hari Raya Aidiladha yesterday by attending special prayers in mosques and surau, and by sacrificing cows and camels.  

Muslims who did not return to their hometowns filled mosques and surau in the city and its suburbs for Aidiladha prayers, which started at 8.30am. After the prayers, they visited the graves of their loved ones. 

In Alor Star, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain joined Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and the Raja Muda of Kedah for Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Zahir. 

Dr Mahathir, accompanied by Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, then visited the graves of his parents and family members at the Akar Peluru Muslim burial ground. 

In Shah Alam, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor attended Aidiladha prayers at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque together with about 10,000 people. 

He was accompanied by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo. 

In Negri Sembilan, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Ja’afar and Tuanku Ampuan Najihah attended Aidiladha prayers together with the people at Masjid Diraja Tuanku Munawir in Seri Menanti. 

The royal couple and other members of the royal household attended the tahlil at the Royal Mausoleum in Seri Menanti and held an open house at Istana Besar Seri Menanti. 

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad held open house at his residence in Kampung Baru Si Rusa near Port Dickson. 

In Malacca, Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Syed Ahmad Shahabudin and his consort, Toh Puan Marfuzah Sheikh Osman, joined about 2,000 Muslims for Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Tun Syed Ahmad Alhaj in Bukit Beruang. 

Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and his wife, Datin Seri Asmah Abdul Rahman. 

In Kangar, Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim joined thousands of people for Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Ariffin, Padang Katong. 

Shahidan hosted an open house at the Kompleks Warisan in Kangar and Tambun Tulang Service Centre. 

In Kuching, Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin and Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Jamek.  

In Kota Kinabalu, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Datuk Haji Ahmadshah Abdullah joined thousands of Muslims for similar prayers at the state mosque. 

The Yang di-Pertua Negri and his consort Datin Hajah Masuyah Awang Japar later held an open house at Istana Negeri. – Bernama 

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