KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country celebrated Hari Raya Haji in moderation with gratitude and the spirit of sacrifice.
Many of them had returned to their villages and hometowns to celebrate the occasion with family members and relatives.
The celebrations began early this morning with Muslims gathering at mosques for the Aidiladha prayers.
Hari Raya Haji is an auspicious day in Islam where Muslims around the world commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail in obeying God's command. Muslims slaughter an animal, usually a cow, buffalo or goat, in honour of the sacrifice.
The sacrificial slaughter of cows, buffaloes or goats was carried out in mosques, surau and villages.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, attended Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Al Sultan Ismail Petra in Kubang Kerian, KELANTAN.
His Majesty arrived at the mosque at 9.10am and performed the prayers along with about 5,000 other worshippers. The prayers were led by Imam Abdul Bari Abdullah. The sermon was delivered by Imam Sabri Abdullah. After the prayers, His Majesty exchanged greetings with the worshippers.
In NEGRI SEMBILAN, the Yang Dipertuan Besar, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, and the Tunku Ampuan Besar, Tengku Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud, performed the prayers at the Tuanku Munawir Royal Mosque in Seri Menanti, Kuala Pilah.
After the prayers, Tuanku Muhriz visited the royal mausoleum there for a ‘tahlil' session led by the Mufti of Negri Sembilan, Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad.
His Royal Highness also witnessed the sacrificial slaughter of 20 animals.
In JOHOR BARU, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, performed Aidil- adha prayers along with over 5,000 worshippers at Masjid Jamek Pasir Pelangi.
The Sultan was accompanied by the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, and other children.
After the prayers, the Sultan exchanged greetings with the worshippers.
In SELANGOR, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah performed Aidiladha prayers with about 2,000 worshippers at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Bukit Jelutong.
The Sultan was accompanied by the Tengku Permaisuri, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Raja Muda Tengku Amir, the Mufti of Selangor, Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and state executive councillors.
The Sultan and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin also donated cows for the sacrificial slaughter.
In KEDAH, the Sultanah of Kedah, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, attended Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar, along with about 2,000 worshippers.
The worshippers exchanged greetings with Tuanku Hajah Haminah after the prayers. Her Royal Highness distributed packets of money to children.
In TERENGGANU, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Yang Di-Pertuan Muda Terengganu Tengku Muhammad Ismail performed their Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Al-Muktafi Billah Shah (Masjid Ladang), Kuala Terengganu.
In PERAK, Sultan Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah joined about 1,000 worshippers for Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Sultan Azlan Shah in Ipoh.
He was accompanied by the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa and Raja Di-hilir Perak, Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris as well as Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
In PAHANG, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his two sons, Tengku Muhammad Iskandar Ri’ayatuddin Shah and Tengku Ahmad Muadzam Shah joined about 2,000 worshippers for Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Indera Mahkota.
In other states, some Chief Ministers joined worshippers for prayers in the mosques.