KUALA LUMPUR: A slight drizzle here and in a number of places elsewhere in the country, coming after a heat spell, was welcomed as showers of blessings on the first day of Syawal as Malaysian Muslims celebrated Aidilfitri.
They ushered in the festival by attending prayers at mosques, holding open houses and visiting relatives and friends.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Hajah Haminah joined thousands of worshippers for Aidilfitri prayers at the Federal Territory Mosque here.
Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries also attended the prayers.
In the various states, the respective Sultans and Yang Dipertua Negeri as well as political leaders joined worshippers in prayer at mosques.
Malaysians and foreigners visited the homes of their Muslim friends for the open house, a traditional practice unique to Malaysians.
In PERAK, Sultan Nazrin Shah and his son, Raja Azlan Muzaffar Shah, joined about 2,000 worshippers for Aidilfitri prayers at the Ubudiah Mosque in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar.
The Raja Muda, Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, and Raja Di-Hilir, Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah, also attended the prayers. Menteri Besar Dr Zambry Abd Kadir was also present.
Sultan Nazrin Shah later visited the tombs of his father, Almarhum Sultan Azlan Shah, younger brother Raja Ashman Shah and other members of the royalty at the Kuala Kangsar Royal Mausoleum adjacent to the mosque.
In KEDAH, Council of Regency Chairman Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Sultan Badlishah attended Aidilfitri prayers at the Zahir Mosque. The prayers were led by the Grand Imam, Syeikh Roslan Abdul Halim.
Members of the council, Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Sultan Badlishah and Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, and several state executive councillors also attended the prayers.
After the prayers, Tunku Sallehuddin exchanged greetings with the 2,000 worshippers who had braved the rain to attend prayers at the mosque.
In PAHANG, the Tengku Mahkota, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, attended prayers at the Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque in Kuantan along with over 5,000 worshippers.
The Tengku Puan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, their children and Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob also attended the prayers.
After the prayers, Tengku Abdullah and his children handed ‘duit raya’ cash packets to members of the public and children in front of the mosque.
Tengku Abdullah also held an open house at Istana Abdul Aziz, Indera Mahkota, from 10am to 1pm.
In KELANTAN, Sultan Muhammad V joined about 5,000 worshippers for the prayers at the Muhammadi Mosque in Kota Baharu.
The Tengku Mahkota, Tengku Dr Muhammad Fa-iz Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra, Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob, Mufti Mohamad Shukri Mohamad and Kelantan Police Chief Mazlan Lazim also attended the prayers, led by Grand Imam Hanafizi Abdullah.
After the prayers, the Sultan proceeded to Istana Balai Besar near the mosque to exchange greetings with the people.
Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin attended Aidilfitri prayers with soldiers on duty at the Malaysia-Thailand border in Kelantan, at Pos Tok O in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas.
In SARAWAK, Yang Dipertua Negeri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife, Raghad Kurdi Taib, attended prayers at the Jamek Mosque in Petra Jaya near Kuching.
Deputy Chief Minister Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, state Cabinet ministers and thousands of other worshippers also attended the prayers.
Abdul Taib and his wife held an open house at Astana Negeri from 10.30am to 4pm.
Chief Minister Adenan Satem also held an open house, at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, from 10am to 4pm.
In TERENGGANU, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Sultanah Nur Zahirah attended prayers at the Almuktafi-Billah Shah Mosque in Kuala Terengganu, along with 3,000 worshippers.
The Yang Dipertuan Muda, Tengku Muhammad Ismail, and his three children, Tengku Nadhirah Zahrah, Tengku Muhammad Mua’az and Tengku Fatimatuz Zahra’, and Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman also attended the prayers.
After the prayers, the Sultan exchanged greetings with the worshippers and visited the tomb of his father, Sultan Mahmud, in the compound of the mosque.
In PERLIS, the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, and the Raja Perempuan, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, attended prayers at the Arau State Mosque with thousands of worshippers.
The Raja Muda, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, and Raja Puan Muda, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, also attended the prayers.
Menteri Besar Azlan Man and state executive councillors also attended the prayers.
After the prayers, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin and Tuanku Tengku Fauziah granted an audience to state dignitaries at Istana Arau. They also held an open house at the palace from 9am to 11.30am.
In PENANG, Yang Dipertua Negeri Abdul Rahman Abbas and his wife Majimor Shariff attended prayers at the State Mosque along with over 1,000 worshippers.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Religious Affairs, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Abdul Malik Kassim and State Secretary Seri Farizan Darus.
In JOHOR, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar joined 5,000 worshippers for prayers at the Sultan Iskandar Mosque in Bandar Dato Onn, Johor Baharu.
Also present were the Tunku Mahkota, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim; Tunku Temenggong, Tunku Idris; Tunku Panglima, Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Putera, Tunku Abu Bakar.
Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin, State Secretary Ismail Karim and state executive councillors also attended the prayers.
In MELAKA, rain did not dull the cheer of Aidilfitri.
Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, state executive councillors and senior state government officers joined about 8,000 worshippers for prayers at the Al Azim Mosque in Bukit Palah.
Mohd Khalil, Idris and the state government are scheduled to hold an open house at the Melaka International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh on Sunday.
In SELANGOR, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah joined more than 6,000 worshippers for prayers at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam.
The Raja Muda, Tengku Amir Shah, and Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali also attended the prayers.
After the prayers, the Sultan exchanged greetings with the worshippers.
Meanwhile, Selangor Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat held an Aidilfitri reception for about 300 police officers and personnel from the various departments and branches of the Selangor Police headquarters at Surau Khalid Al-Walid at the headquarters.
In SABAH, about 5,000 people attended the open house hosted by Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahirudin and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah Datuk R M Jasni at Istana Negeri in Kota Kinabalu.
Chief Minister Musa Aman and his wife Faridah Tussin, Deputy Chief Ministers Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Raymond Tan Shu Kiah and Yahya Hussin as well as other state ministers attended the open house.