KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims nationwide celebrated Hari Raya Haji in moderation, fulfilling the sacrificial slaughter of cows and goats.
Roads in the city were almost clear of traffic as many people had returned to their villages and hometowns to celebrate the festival.
At the National Mosque, about 10,000 worshippers including foreigners attended Aidiladha prayers and listened to a sermon delivered by the Grand Imam, Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad.
Syaikh Ismail said he hoped that relatives of the pilgrims who died in the crane collapse incident in Makkah on Sept 11 would be brave in facing the loss of their loved ones in the tragedy.
In Alor Setar, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, performed prayers at the Zahir Mosque while in Kota Baru, about 2,000 Muslims joined the Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Datuk Tengku Muhammad Rizam Tengku Aziz, for prayers at the Muhammadi Mosque.
In Shah Alam, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, attended prayers along with over 2,000 people at the Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque in Bukit Jelutong.
In Ipoh, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, attended prayers at the Sultan Azlan Shah Mosque in Jalan Raja Musa Mahadi together with the Raja Muda, Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, the Raja Di-Hilir, Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah, and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
In Johor Baru, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, attended prayers along with almost 1,000 Muslims at the Pasir Pelangi Mosque.
In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni attended prayers with more than 5,000 Muslims at the State Mosque and in Malacca, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron performed prayers at the Al-Azim Mosque with about 10,000 worshippers.
In Penang, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas attended prayers with about 1,000 Muslims at the Penang State Mosque while in Perlis, the Raja Muda, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, and Raja Puan Muda, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, attended prayers with the people at the Al-Hussain Floating Mosque. — Bernama