Modest Raya Haji celebrations


  • Nation
  • Monday, 07 Nov 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims nationwide celebrated Hari Raya Haji in moderation and in a cautious mode with the possibility of flooding due to the rainy season.

However, pleasant weather in the morning yesterday allowed Muslims to perform their prayers, followed by the sacrificial slaughter of cattle.

There are currently 28,000 Malaysians performing the haj, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

In Kuala Lumpur about 10,000 people, including foreigners, performed prayers at the National Mosque.

They arrived as early as 7am to perform prayers led by the Grand Imam, Ustaz Ehsan Mohd Hosni.

Muslims celebrating in the city also took the opportunity to take part in the korban (sacrifice) in mosques and surau, as well as held open houses.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, State Secretary Datuk Mazlan Ngah and about 2,000 other Muslims performed the prayers at the Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Mosque in Ladang.

In PERLIS, it was also celebrated on a moderate scale.

The state government contributed 45 cows while Arau MP Datuk Ismail Kasim also gave 42 to be sacrificed during the celebration.

In IPOH, the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and Raja DiHilir Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa joined over 3,000 Muslims to perform prayers at the Sultan Azlan Shah Mosque.

In SHAH ALAM, some 10,000 Muslims performed the Hari Raya Haji prayers along with Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. Muslim foreign students, especially those studying at the Al-Madinah International University, and foreign workers also performed their prayers at the state mosque.

In SANDAKAN, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman prayed with over 2,000 Muslims at Taman Merpati Mosque.

Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin is now in Mecca to perform the haj.

In ALOR SETAR, Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah joined thousands for prayers at the Zahir Mosque. Also present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.

In PENANG, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas performed the prayers at the state mosque with 2,000 other Muslims.

In MALACCA, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam joined 7,000 Muslims at the Al-Azim Mosque in Bukit Palah.

In JOHOR BARU, the Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim performed prayers with about 2,000 others at the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque here with Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

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