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North Korean Issue: ‘Hajat’ Prayers Held

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KUALA LUMPUR – More than 5,000 congregators joined in performing the ‘hajat’ prayers at the National Mosque here to pray for the safety of Malaysian nationals in North Korea.

The ‘hajat’ prayers were led by the National Mosque’s Chief Imam, Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad who had earlier delivered the sermon and led the Friday prayers.

The congregators also prayed for the wellbeing of the country as it was now facing tense diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Yesterday, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak urged all mosques in the country to carry out the ‘hajat’ prayers to pray for the safety of Malaysian nationals in North Korea.

The Prime Minister had also urged that the people prayed for all national transactions to be facilitated.

The conflict between Malaysia and North Korea arose following the killing of that country’s national who was widely reported to be Kim Jong-nam, the elder brother of North Korea’s top leader, Kim Jong-un on Feb 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

Eleven Malaysian nationals, including three embassy officials, were prevented from leaving North Korea as a reaction shortly after Malaysia expelled North Korean ambassador, Kang Chol, after he was declared Persona Non Grata.

However, two Malaysian nationals, Stella Lim and Nyanaprakash Muniandy who were undergoing the World Food Programme (WFP) under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) had been allowed to leave Pyongyang.

The North Korean Official News Agency, KCNA, had earlier reported that Pyongyang prevented all Malaysian nationals from leaving North Korea as long as the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur was not resolved amicably.

Meanwhile in KUANTAN, more than 2,000 congregators performed the ‘hajat’ prayers after the Friday prayers at the Masjid Negeri Sultan Ahmad 1, here to pray for the safety of the Malaysian nationals in North Korea.

The ‘hajat’ prayers, which was led by Ustaz Shaifuddin Ngah, was also held to pray for national peace arising from the threat following the diplomatic conflict between Malaysia and North Korea currently.

Besides Masjid Sultan Ahmad 1, other mosques in the state too held the special prayers in line with the call by Pahang Regent Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Pahang Mufti Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman in his statement to Bernama earlier said the ‘hajat’ prayers was not only held today but should be continued until the situation has returned to normal. – BERNAMA

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