JOHOR BAHRU – The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar visited the royal mausoleum at Bukit Mahmoodiah, here, in conjunction with Hari Hol today.
The ruler arrived at 8.55am and was received by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Bendahara Johor Tunku Abdul Majid Sultan Iskandar and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Also present were State Secretary Datuk Ismail Karim, State Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, state executive councillors, assemblymen and members of parliament, district officers and senior government officials.
Sultan Ibrahim began the ceremony by visiting the grave of his father, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, who died on Jan 22, 2010, at the age of 77.
He also visited the grave of his son Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil, who died on Dec 5, last year from liver cancer at age 25.
Sultan Ibrahim was seen wiping away his tears when he poured scented water and rose petals on both graves.
The Sultan spent about 15 minutes visiting the graves of all members of the Johor royal family at the Royal Mausoleum including those of his grandfather Sultan Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and grandmother Sultanah Aminah Ungku Ahmad and great-grandfather, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Abu Bakar.
State Mufti Datuk Tahrir Samsudin led the congregation in a doa recital at each grave.
Hari Hol is a religious memorial day in remembrance of Johor’s previous sultans and has been practised since 1896. The day is a state public holiday.
The main tradition of Hari Hol is the Sultan’s visit to the Royal Mausoleum at Bukit Mahmoodiah. He leads male members of his immediate family to visit the graves of their family members. – BERNAMA