Thousands observe Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrations

Proud participants: One of the Selangor contingents taking part in the Maulidur Rasul procession from Shah Alam Stadium to Melawati Stadium. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: This year’s Mauli­dur Rasul, or the observance of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, was celebrated nationwide.

In Selangor, Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari led a 2km procession from Shah Alam Stadium to Melawati Stadium.

Joining him were state secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya, Selangor Islamic Religious Depart­ment director Datuk Haris Kasim and Selangor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid.

The procession involved the participation of some 3,000 representatives from 84 contingents, comprising government departments and agencies.

In Alor Setar, the celebration was held at Dewan Sri Negeri, Wisma Darul Aman. Kedah Ruler Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badli­shah, his consort Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff and Raja Muda of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Sultan Sallehuddin joined in the event.

Also present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and his wife Datin Seri Norzieta Zakaria.

The Sultan, in his speech, advised Muslims to uphold moral values and stay away from undesirable elements such as crime and drug abuse that could lead to moral decadence in the society.

He said parents played an important role in inculcating good moral values in their children.

In Penang, 55 contingents in­vol­ving more than 2,700 participants, including from various govern­ment departments, agencies and non-governmental organisations, took part in a 2km procession from Maahad Al-Mashor Al-Islami to Balik Pulau Polytechnic.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, Penang Islamic Religious Council president Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and state secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus also joined in the procession.

In Perak, the state-level celebration was held at the Advanced Technology Training Centre near Kamunting. It was attended by 2,000 people and led by Raja Muda of Perak Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa.

Also present were Raja DiHilir Perak Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and his wife Datin Seri Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi.

In Kuala Terengganu, despite a drizzle, Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar joined 2,000 people in a procession from Dataran Shahbandar to the state stadium.

Terengganu Ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Sultanah Nur Zahirah also attended the celebration.

Sultan Mizan, in his speech, called on Muslims to practise the true teachings of Islam.

He said they should also emulate the practices of Prophet Muhammad in everyday life, including the way he talked and socialised, to present a positive picture of Islam.

In Johor, more than 7,000 people took part in a 1km procession from SM Sri Mersing to Masjid Jamek Bandar Mersing.

Leading the procession was Tengku Temenggong of Johor Tun­ku Idris Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim, who represented his father Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

Also present was Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian.

In Melaka, 6,429 participants from 111 contingents, led by Chief Minister Adly Zahari, took part in a 4km procession from the Hang Tuah Stadium to Dataran Masjid Al-Azim.

The celebration was also attended by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob.

In Kota Kinabalu, Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah R.M. Jasni led more than 10,000 participants in a state-level procession from Sutera Avenue to the Sabah state mosque.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Law and Native Affairs Minister Datuk Aidi Moktar and other Muslim state cabinet members also joined in the 1.4km walk.

In his speech, Mohd Shafie called on his administration to work together with the people to instil unity in order to spur development.

In Sarikei, Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg joined more than 5,300 participants in a 3.5km procession.

In his speech, Abdul Taib said Islam was a religion that did not oppress others, but united people of all races and religions.

In Kuantan, the state-level celebration at Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah I was attended by Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tengku Puan Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Tengku Abdullah, in his speech, advised the people to avoid a conflict in the country, adding that they should always respect and help others regardless of race and religion.

He expressed disappointment that there were some people who wanted to change the country’s political landscape by accepting the western policy of equality. — Bernama

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