KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country celebrated Prophet Muhammad's birthday yesterday by holding prayers and processions.
In Selangor, the celebration was held on a modest scale at the Shah Alam City Council Auditorium yesterday.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo was also present at the function, which included religious talks and nasyid presentations.
In Alor Star, Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah urged Muslims to uphold the teachings of Islam so that their lives would be safe in this world and in the hereafter.
He noted that many Muslims had deviated from the teachings of the Rasulullah, which had resulted in problems for Muslims the world over.
In Butterworth, the Penang-level celebrations were led by the Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
Tun Abdul Rahman urged the people to strive to make Malaysia a fully developed country.
In Ipoh, about 1,000 Muslims joined the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah, at the Perak-level celebrations at Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Also present at the celebrations were the Raja Di Hilir of Perak Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, Raja Puan Muda Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah and Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali.
In Seremban, Negri Sembilan Yang diPertuan Besar Tuanku Ja'afar urged Muslims to acquire all forms of knowledge so that they could compete in the wave of globalisation.
He also urged Muslims to emulate the leadership of the Rasullulah who always practised the best leadership and had created a culture of acquiring excellence in life.
In Malacca, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Ali Rustam led 198 contingents comprising 9,500 Muslims from various government departments and agencies, non-governmental organisations and schools in a procession from Stadium Hang Tuah to the Kompleks Al Azim Phase II.
Mohamad Ali urged Muslims to remain united, seek knowledge, improve their well-being and develop their economy.
In Johor Baru, Tengku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail Sultan Iskandar attended the celebrations with more than 3,000 Muslims at Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar.
The Tunku Mahkota, who represented the Sultan of Johor, hoped the annual celebrations at kampung, district and state levels would enhance the understanding of Islam among Muslims particularly among the young people.
In Kota Baru, Sultan of Kelantan Tuanku Ismail Petra attended a tahlil and solat sunat at the Masjid Muhammad with 3,000 people on Saturday night.
The tahlil held after the maghrib prayers was also attended by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra.
In Kuala Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin urged Muslims to identify their weaknesses and strengths so that they could become an even more progressive race and nation.
He said Islam exhorted its followers to be progressive and successful as progress in Islam was vast and encompassed both material and spiritual advancement.
In Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah presided at the state-level celebrations at the Universiti Tekonologi Mara (UiTM) Bandar Pusat Jengka.
He said the aspiration for success among Muslims would only become a reality if they acknowledged the philosophy of the oneness of Allah and be pious and have fear for Allah.
In Kota Kinabalu, some 5,000 Muslims attended the state-level celebrations at Dewan Saadah, Wisma Muis.
The procession from Padang Merdeka to the Wisma Muis was led by Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah.
Also in the procession was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Muslim members of the Sabah Cabinet.
In Miri, about 4,000 people forming 80 contingents joined in a procession at the Sarawak-level celebrations.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in his speech, read out by Abang Johari, said amid the prosperity now being enjoyed by Muslims, they should not lose sense of their direction and become complacent. Bernama