Premier and State Leaders Gather for Maal Hijrah Year-End Prayer

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A Spiritual Evening in Kuching

Premier and State Leaders Gather for Maal Hijrah Year-End Prayer
Premier and State Leaders Gather for Maal Hijrah Year-End Prayer

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg Joins Congregation

KUCHING – On the evening of July 6, the Masjid Jamek mosque in Kuching became the focal point for a significant spiritual gathering as Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and other state leaders joined the Muslim community for the Maal Hijrah celebration. This annual event marks the Islamic New Year, bringing together believers to reflect on the past year and seek blessings for the year ahead.

Commencement of the Ceremonial Prayers

The evening’s proceedings began with the recitation of the end-of-the-year and beginning-of-the-year prayers, led by the Sarawak Chief Imam, Datuk Mustapha Kamal Ahmad Fauzi. This prayer session is a tradition in the Muslim faith, symbolizing the transition from one year to the next with gratitude and hope.

Spiritual Enlightenment and Environmental Awareness

Following the Maghrib prayer, the congregation engaged in the recitation of Yassin, a practice aimed at seeking divine guidance and protection. The highlight of the evening was a sermon titled “Environmental Sustainability According to Islam,” delivered by the Sarawak Mufti, Datuk Kipli Yassin. This timely sermon underscored the importance of environmental stewardship, drawing connections between Islamic teachings and the imperative to protect and sustain the natural world.

The Presence of Dignitaries

Premier Abang Johari’s arrival at Masjid Jamek at approximately 6:20 PM was marked by a warm reception from the Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication (Utility), Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi. The Premier was also accompanied by an esteemed assembly of dignitaries, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Datuk Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Sarawak Deputy State Secretary (Economic Planning and Development) Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel, Sarawak Islamic Council (SIC) President Datuk Misnu Taha, and the Director of the Department of Islamic Religion Sarawak, Ustaz Mual Suaud.

A Reflection on the Year Ahead

The Maal Hijrah celebration at Masjid Jamek was more than just a prayer session; it was a reflection on the importance of unity, leadership, and the environment in Islam. The presence of key state leaders at this event emphasized the significance of these values in guiding the state’s progress and development.

Environmental Sustainability in Islam

A Sermon with a Message

Datuk Kipli Yassin’s sermon on “Environmental Sustainability According to Islam” resonated deeply with attendees. He highlighted how Islamic teachings advocate for the responsible use of natural resources, the prevention of waste, and the protection of all creation as a divine trust. This message is particularly relevant today as the world faces pressing environmental challenges.

A Call to Action

The sermon served as a call to action for the Muslim community to lead by example in adopting sustainable practices. It reinforced the idea that caring for the environment is not just a modern necessity but a religious duty.

Conclusion

The Maal Hijrah celebration at Masjid Jamek was a profound reminder of the values that underpin the Muslim faith – gratitude, hope, unity, and responsibility. As the congregation moved forward into the new year, the presence and participation of Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and other state leaders underscored the importance of these values in guiding both personal and collective actions. The evening was a testament to the power of faith in fostering a sense of community and shared purpose, particularly in the pursuit of a sustainable future.

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