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SEREMBAN: About 1,500 Muslim civil servants and the public flooded Masjid Negeri here as early as 7am to perform the solar eclipse prayers.

The congregation was led by Imam Besar Masjid Negeri, Mohd Nidzar Nor Mohamd.

State Islamic Affairs director Datuk Selamat Paigo said besides Masjid Negeri, all mosques in the country also held the solar eclipse prayers at 8.30 am.

“We have also issued a circular encouraging all mosques in Negeri Sembilan to hold the solar eclipse prayers. After the prayers, we will also read a sermon about the eclipse,” he told Bernama here.

Meanwhile, about 400 people gathered at the Telok Kemang Observatory in Port Dickson from 6.30 am to view and record the solar eclipse phenomenon.

Meanwhile in PERAK, the Muslim community, including law enforcement personnel in Ipoh did not miss the opportunity to perform the solar eclipse prayers today.

A Bernama observation at Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II, Ipoh, found about 300 Muslims performing the prayers at 8.45 am.

The prayers was led by the state mosque’s chief imam Abdul Farid Salleh while the sermon lasted 20 minutes.

Members of the state Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) also performed prayers and sermons at the surau in the state JBPM headquarters and also at other fire stations.

In Teluk Intan, 1,200 students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Horley Methodist watched the solar eclipse from 8 am to 9 am today using a telescope.

A teacher who is also the coordinator for the project, Ahmad Kamal Sulaiman, said it was the school’s Form Six project to view the beauty of the phenomenon.

— BERNAMA

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