Muslims welcome Syawal with expressions of gratitude as leaders call for unity, understanding and forgiveness

For Faizal Mohamad Sheek Daud, who started his day with prayers at the mosque and later joining his family and friends for Aidilfitri celebration, it is also about being grateful for all the blessings he has been given.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 10: Muslims in Malaysia today welcomed the first day of Syawal month after a month-long period of fasting in Ramadan.

Many began their day performing prayers at mosques, preparing their homes to welcome visitors while the country’s leaders in their Aidilfitri messages called for greater understanding, unity and forgiveness for continued harmony in the country.

The tradition of Aidilfitri open houses saw the gathering of Malaysians from all races at various homes nationwide.


In Kuala Lumpur, BERNAMA reported that His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, and Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sofiah, Queen of Malaysia, began the day with performing Aidilfitri prayers at the Surau Utama, Istana Negara.

Their Majesties’ arrival  at 8.23 am were accompanied by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the Cabinet ministers.

The prayers were led by Istana Negara religious officer Datuk Munir Md Salleh.

This marked the first time His Majesty performing the Aidilfitri prayer at Istana Negara after taking the oath of office as the 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31.

Aidilfitri’s sermon titled “Hakikat Kemenangan” delivered by Munir, among others, called on Muslims to take advantage of the blessings of Aidilfitri to enhance relations among members of the community.

Sultan Ibrahim dan Raja Zarith Sofiah spent time greeting the congregants and those attending the Aidifitri gathering with the Prime Minister, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and foreign dignitaries.

— WE