KUALA LUMPUR – Fifty- seven children between the ages of three and 12 participated in a mass circumcision ceremony at the National Mosque today.
The ceremony was officiated by Deputy Grand Imam of the National Mosque, Yusuff Ahmad, in the presence of parents and family members of the children who were to be circumcised.
Yusuff said one of the purposes of the event was to promote a better relationship and understanding between the mosque and the public, as well as parents in advising their children on the practices and teachings of Islam.
The children woke up at the crack of dawn to do their morning prayers, after which they donned their traditional Malay dress as they waited for the next big step into manhood.
It was all smiles and laughter as the children lined up to get ready for their big day, making their way through the mosque to the main entrance where they were greeted to the traditional beat of the ‘kompang’.
As the beating drums played, the children paraded around the mosque to then being welcomed by the fire brigade.
It can be safely said that this moment was one the highlights the children looked forward to, as the firemen readied their hose to douse the children in water a tradition that has been maintained for many years. – BERNAMA