KUALA LUMPUR – Muslims throughout the country celebrated Aidiladha with gratitude, joy and spirit of sacrifice albeit in moderation.
Good weather in most places enabled the faithful to smoothly perform their prayers, followed by the obligatory ritual of sacrifice and ‘gotong-royong’ (community service) at mosques, surau, villages and housing areas.
Roads in the federal capital were uncongested unlike normal days, with city-dwellers having gone back to their villages to celebrate the occasion.
However, Masjid Negara was filled with about 13,000 Muslims including foreigners who came to perform Aidiladha prayers and hear the sermon by Imam Besar Masjid Negara Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad.
Syaikh Ismail in his homily titled, ‘The meaning of sacrifice’, called on Muslims to constantly rise in piety to Allah and to stop committing actions forbidden by Him.
“I always remind myself to rise in piety to Allah and as Muslims, you should do the same in order to receive His mercy,” said the imam.
Syaikh Ismail also acclaimed the way in which Nabi Ibrahim (Prophet Abraham) affirmed the depth of his love for his Creator.
“Allah’s reward to Nabi Ibrahim for his sacrifice and faithfulness has no comparison.”
The imam then concluded his sermon by issuing a reminder to Muslims against any association with militant terrorists.
“The Daesh group is not a way to defend Islam because it is not based on the real teachings of Islam,” he said.
Meanwhile, In LANGKAWI, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah performed Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Aishah, Kampung Sungai Menghulu.
In ALOR SETAR, Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and his wife Toh Puan Temenggong Datuk Seri Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff prayed with about 2,000 others at Masjid Zahir.
In PENANG, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his wife Toh Puan Majimor Shariff prayed with about 3,000 others at Masjid Negeri in Jalan Air Itam.
Meanwhile, 11 cows and four goats contributed by the Penang Inland Revenue Board, and 1,000 cows in PERLIS, were slaughtered for sacrifice.
Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and Raja Muda Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalluil could not join the people in prayer as they are currently in Kuala Lumpur.
Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man was also not in the state as he is in Makkah on haj pilgrimage.
In IPOH, Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah performed prayers with about 1,500 of the faithful at Masjid Sultan Azlan Shah which was led by Principal Imam, Mohammad Ngifni Abdul Basir.
The Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisation (Mapim) and Turkey Wakaf Foundation also held a ‘Qurban Untuk Ummah’ at Surau Al-Qomar, which was attended by about 1,000 Rohingya refugees living here.
In MELAKA, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob together with state EXCOs and senior government officers performed prayers at Masjid Al-Azim, Bukit Palah with thousands of fellow Muslims.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron who is on haj pilgrimage in a statement reminded Muslims of their obligation to carry out the ritual of sacrifice, “which they should do sincerely without any personal agenda”.
In SHAH ALAM, Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah prayed with about 4,000 Muslims at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah here, which was led by Imam of Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Sheikh Abdul Karim Al-Fattani.
Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Norashikin, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, State Secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya and Selangor Mufti Datuk Seri Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid also prayed at the same mosque.
Twenty-two cows were slaughtered for sacrifice at the mosque this year.
In SEREMBAN, 2,000 Muslims attended prayers at Masjid Negeri, which was led by acting Imam Besar, Mohd Nidzar Nor Mohamad.
In JOHOR, Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim prayed with about 2,500 people at Masjid Pasir Pelangi.
With him were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Johor Royal Council head Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli, State Legislative Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz and state EXCOs.
State Imam Besar Khalid Sono led the congregation and delivered a sermon, ‘Berkorban Dengan Ikhlas’ (Sacrifice with sincerity).
In KUANTAN, thousands overwhelmed Masjid Negeri Sultan Haji Ahmad I for prayers led by Imam Mohd Khalil Mohd Zari Al-Hafiz.
In his sermon, Imam Besar Mohd Fadzli Mat Saman urged Muslims to delve into the meaning of sacrifice and be thankful for the blessings that the country has received.
In KOTA BHARU, Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra performed prayers with more than 5,000 people at Masjid Muhammadi.
With him were Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Rizam Tengku Aziz, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed.
In KOTA KINABALU, Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni performed prayers with more than 4,000 people at Masjid Negeri.
In SANDAKAN, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman prayed with about 5,000 Muslims at Masjid Kampung Tinusa before attending an Aidiladha open house hosted by Libaran UMNO treasurer Salzo Asa at Taman Indah Jaya.
In SARAWAK, Aidiladha was celebrated with prayers at almost all the main mosques.
Eastern Field Command chief, Lieutenant-general Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar performed prayers with Kuching Zone military personnel at Masjid Solahuddin Al-Ayubi, Penrissen Camp, Kuching.
The Sarawak Islamic Religious Department also held prayers at the Islamic Information Centre in Kuching.