KUALA LUMPUR: Aidiladha or Hari Raya Korban which falls on the 10th day of Zulhijjah, the 12th and last month in the Islamic calendar, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Ismail in obeying Allah’s command.
This year, Muslims in Malaysia celebrated Aidiladha with sacrifices by adhering to the standard operating procedure set to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which included not embarking on interstate travel for the usual balik kampung.
Despite celebrating the festival under certain restrictions, the excitement could still be felt when several state religious authorities allowed Aidiladha prayers to be performed in mosques and surau, subject to strict SOP compliance.
In PERAK, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah performed prayers together with about 1,000 worshippers at Ubudiah Royal Mosque in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, which was led by the mosque grand imam Badrul Husaini Baharudin.
The Ruler was greeted on arrival at the mosque at 8.40am by Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad and state police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid.
In TERENGGANU, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin attended Aidiladha prayers at Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Mosque, Kampung Ladang, Kuala Terengganu.
Also joining the Ruler were Yang di-Pertuan Muda of Terengganu Tengku Muhammad Ismail and his brother Tengku Muhammad Mua’az.
In PAHANG, the Regent, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, performed Aidiladha prayers at Sultan Ahmad 1 State Mosque in Kuantan.
Also attending the prayers were Tengku Panglima Raja Tengku Amir Nasser Ibrahim Shah, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Pahang mufti Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman.
Tengku Hassanal later attended the sacrificial slaughter of animals at the mosque compound.
In PERLIS, Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and Raja Muda Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, along with about 300 people, performed Aidiladha prayers at Dataran Istiadat Istana Arau.
The prayers were led by grand imam of Perlis Ahmad Sirajuddin Abdul Satar, while the Aidiladha sermon was delivered by state mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.
Also present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man and state executive council members.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin called on all parties to continue to pray that the pandemic would end soon.
In MELAKA, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali joined about 100 Muslims for the Aidiladha prayers at Al-Mujid Mosque, Kampung Durian Daun, Masjid Tanah, led by imam Hishamuddin Soleh.
In SARAWAK, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg performed the Aidiladha prayers at Jamek Mosque in Petra Jaya, Kuching, with the congregation limited to 500 people.
In SABAH, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, when met during the Ibadah Korban event at the Tuaran district police headquarters, said although this year’s Aidiladha was celebrated in a moderate manner, the intention to fulfil the spirit of sacrifice remained. — Bernama