King: Seek blessings of Ramadan to strengthen faith

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has decreed that Muslims in the country seek the blessings of Ramadan to strengthen their faith as well as increase religious activities and good deeds during the holy month.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said His Majesty wanted Muslims to enliven the holy month with various meaningful activities to further strengthen their faith, as well as solidarity with others.

“His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Her Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong wish Muslims in the country Happy Ramadan Al-Mubarak and may the month be celebrated with humility and gratitude for the tests and blessings that Allah SWT has bestowed on us, ” he said in a statement issued by Istana Negara yesterday.

Ahmad Fadil said that with the implementation of the conditional movement control order and the recovery MCO, His Majesty decreed that all events held during Ramadan should be in compliance with the standard operating procedure and regulations set by the government.

Sultan Abdullah also advised Muslims to remain strong during the fasting month while working under the new normal to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Muslims in the country, he said, were also advised to persevere through this test and to exercise self-discipline, as well as adhere to the stipulated SOP.

“His Majesty also called on all Muslims to take the blessings of Ramadan to pray that Malaysia continues to be protected and blessed and that the Covid-19 epidemic can be curbed and will end soon, ” he added.

His Majesty also called for priority to be given to fight the pandemic and work towards recovery during the Emergency period until Aug 1, including initiatives such as the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Separately, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Muslims should be grateful that most mosques and surau had been opened gradually for daily congregational prayers, Friday prayers, tarawih prayers and lectures during Ramadan this year, unlike last year.

“Even so, I would like to remind everyone to be disciplined by wearing face masks, keeping physical distancing, not shaking hands, and using sanitiser often, ” he said in his speech to mark the start of Ramadan on RTM yesterday. — Bernama

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