Daily Archives: August 11, 2019

Muslims celebrate Aidiladha with spirit of sacrifice

KUANTAN, Muslims throughout the country today began the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations by converging at mosques to perform Aidiladha prayers before proceeding with sacrificial ritual according to Islamic teachings.

In PAHANG, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah performed their Aidiladha prayers at the Sultan Ahmad 1 State Mosque here today.

Also joining the royal couple were the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Pahang and other members of the royal family.

They then joined thousands of Muslims to perform Aidiladha prayers which was officiated by Imam of the mosque Mohd Khalil Mohd Zari, while the sermon was delivered by the mosque’s khatib Datuk Badli Shah Alauddin.

After the prayers, Sultan Abdullah spent time mingling with the congregation who lined up to meet and greet him personally.

Sultan Abdullah and Tengku Hassanal later witnessed a sacrificial ritual held at the mosque grounds before leaving.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad joined thousands of Muslims to perform the Aidiladha prayers at the National Mosque this morning.

Dr Mahathir later wished Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha and reminded Muslims that Aidiladha is not only about sacrificing animals but they should also be willing to sacrifice to assist members of needy Muslim community.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia

Dr Mahathir joins thousands of Muslims in Aidiladha prayers

KUALA LUMPUR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad joined thousands of Muslims to perform the Aidiladha prayers at the National Mosque this morning.

The prayer was led by National Mosque Grand Imam Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad.

Dr Mahathir when met by reporters later, wished Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha.

He also reminded Muslims that Aidiladha is not only about sacrificing animals but they should also be willing to sacrifice to assist members of needy Muslim community.

It is our hope that we learn about sacrifice and the importance of sacrifice among Muslims, he said.

Earlier, Syaikh Ismail in his sermon entitled Aidiladha: Where is Our Sacrifice? called on all Muslims to take a caring approach and be prepared to sacrifice by extending aid to Muslims suffering all over the world.

He said the sacrifice and assistance is based on one’s capability to provide money, energy, thoughts and prayers.

Hopefully our bit of sacrifice would be valued as a righteous practice and as evidence of our faith to Allah SWT, he said.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia

Myanmar Battles Rising Floodwaters after Landslide Kills 52

MAWLAMYINE, MYANMAR – Myanmar troops and emergency responders scrambled to provide aid in flood-hit parts of the country Sunday after rising waters forced residents to flee by boat and a landslide killed at least 52 people.

Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing residents and triggering landslides.

But this season’s deluge has tested disaster response after a fatal landslide on Friday in southeastern Mon state was followed by heavy flooding that reached the roofs of houses and treetops in nearby towns.

Hundreds of soldiers, firefighters and local rescue workers were still pulling bodies and vehicles out of the muddy wreckage of Paung township on Sunday.

“The latest death toll we have from the landslide in Mon state was 52,” Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

As the rainy season reaches its peak, the country’s armed forces are pitching in and have readied helicopters to deliver supplies.

“Access to affected regions is still good. Our ground forces can reach the areas so far,” Zaw Min Tun said.

Heavy rains pounded other parts of Mon, Karen and Kachin states, flooding roads and destroying bridges that crumbled under the weight of the downpour.

But the bulk of the relief effort is focused on hard-hit Mon, which sits on the coast of the Andaman sea.

About two-thirds of the state’s Ye township remained flooded, an administrator said, as drone footage showed only the tops of houses, tree branches and satellite dishes poking above the waters.

‘We thought we were dead’

Families realized they had to leave in the early hours Sunday, packing possessions into boats, rowing towards higher ground or swimming away.

Than Htay, a 40-year-old from Ye town, told AFP that water rose to their waists around 02:00 am and she and her family members started shouting for help.

The heavy rains muffled their pleas but a boat happened to pass by and gave them a ride.

“That’s why we survived. We thought we were dead,” she said.

Another resident said this year’s flooding was the worst they had experienced.

Floodwaters have submerged more than 4,000 houses in the state and displaced more than 25,000 residents who have sought shelter in monasteries and pagodas, according to state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar.

Vice President Henry Van Thio visited landslide survivors in a Paung township village on Saturday and “spoke of his sorrow” while promising relief, the paper reported.

The search for victims continued later Sunday though the rain has made the process more difficult.

“We are still working. We will continue searching in the coming days as well,” Paung township administrator Zaw Moe Aung said.

Climate scientists in 2015 ranked Myanmar at the top of a global list of nations hardest hit by extreme weather.

That year more than 100 people died in floods that also displaced hundreds of thousands.

Source: ‘We thought we were dead’

Families realized they had to leave in the early hours Sunday, packing possessions into boats, rowing towards higher ground or swimming away.

Than Htay, a 40-year-old from Ye town, told AFP that water rose to their waists around 02:00 am and she and her family members started shouting for help.

The heavy rains muffled their pleas but a boat happened to pass by and gave them a ride.

“That’s why we survived. We thought we were dead,” she said.

Another resident said this year’s flooding was the worst they had experienced.

Floodwaters have submerged more than 4,000 houses in the state and displaced more than 25,000 residents who have sought shelter in monasteries and pagodas, according to state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar.

Vice President Henry Van Thio visited landslide survivors in a Paung township village on Saturday and “spoke of his sorrow” while promising relief, the paper reported.

The search for victims continued later Sunday though the rain has made the process more difficult.

“We are still working. We will continue searching in the coming days as well,” Paung township administrator Zaw Moe Aung said.

Climate scientists in 2015 ranked Myanmar at the top of a global list of nations hardest hit by extreme weather.

That year more than 100 people died in floods that also displaced hundreds of thousands.

Source: Voice of America

Myanmar Landslide Toll Rises to Nearly 50

MAWLAMYINE, MYANMAR – Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country Sunday to help with relief efforts after the death toll from a deadly landslide jumped to 48.

Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing thousands and triggering landslides.

But the disaster Friday in southeastern Mon state was the worst in recent memory, and hundreds of emergency response workers were still pulling bodies out of the muddy wreckage early Sunday.

“The total death toll reached 48. Search and rescue is still ongoing,” Paung township administrator Zaw Moe Aung told AFP.

Heavy rains pounded Mon, Karen and Kachin states, flooding roads and destroying bridges.

As the rainy season reaches its peak, the country’s armed forces are pitching in.

“Our regional military commands are working to help with the search and rescue process in disaster areas,” Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told AFP. “Helicopters will be used to supply food.”

The bulk of the effort is focused on hard-hit Mon state, which sits on the coast of the Andaman sea.

Floodwaters have submerged more than 4,000 houses in the state and displaced more than 25,000 residents who have sought shelter in monasteries and pagodas, according to state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar.

Vice President Henry Van Thio visited landslide survivors in a Paung township village Saturday and “spoke of his sorrow” while promising relief assistance, the paper reported.

Around 89,000 people have been displaced by floods in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home, according to the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Source: Voice of America