KUALA LUMPUR: Well-known cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, or popularly known as ‘Lat’ was awarded the special award ‘Tokoh Ar-Ridzuan’ in conjunction with this year’s Maal Hijrah celebration in Perak today.
The award was presented by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, at the celebration at the Ipoh Convention Centre which was attended by about 3,000 people.
Lat, 67, who is known for his work on ‘The Kampung Boy’received RM10,000, umrah package worth RM7,000, other gifts, certificate and a plaque.
Sultan Nazrin also presented the award for “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” to Parti Amanah adviser Ahmad Awang, who was the president of the Malaysian Ulama Association from 1981 to 1999.
Ahmad is currently the deputy chairman of the Malaysian chapter of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
In PAHANG, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah opened the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration at the Sultan Haji Ahmad 1 State Mosque in Kuantan and then joined a crowd of almost 2,000 people to listen to a religious talk by Temerloh Kadi Abdul Aziz Abdul Karim and Quran reading by this year’s state representative to the national-level Quran reading assembly, Mohd Khalil Mohd Zari.
He also presented the state-level “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award to the Dean of the Islamic Studies Faculty, Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, Datuk Dr Ahmad Munawar Abdul Jalil, 60, and recipients of five other awards.
Also present at the event were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh and Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir.
The celebration began with a procession involving government agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.
In KEDAH, The celebration was held on a moderate scale and was attended by the Raja Muda of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Sultan Sallehuddin . It was held at Dewan Seri Negeri, Wisma Darul Aman, Alor Setar.
It began with the reading of the “doa” (prayer), followed by nasyid and a religious talks.
At the event, the founder of Sekolah Menengah Agama Maahad Tahfiz Al-Abidin, Zainol Abidin Sudin, 82, was named the recipient of the state-level “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award.
In PENANG, the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas joined more than 1,000 people to celebrate the occasion, held at Dewan Dahlia Midtown Perda, Tasek Gelugor.
In his speech, Abdul Rahman called on Muslims to strengthen relations among them so that Islam would be looked up highly by the people of other religions.
“Indeed, the flow of modernisation should not lead to fights and rifts. Instead, there should be mutual respect so that the well-being of the people continues to be preserved,” he said.
At the event, a speaker from Peace TV and Huda TV, Kamarudin Abdullah, who is also the president of the Islamic Propagation Society International (IPSI) was named the Penang Tokoh Maal Hijrah recipient.
In JOHOR, the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration was held at Iskandar Islamic Centre, Johor Bahru, and was attended by Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian.
Assistant director of the Research Division of the Johor Islamic Religious Department, M. As'ari Tibek was named the recipient of the “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award.
In TERENGGANU, the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin attended the state-level celebration which was held at the State Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.
A former lecturer at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Talib Abdul Rahman, 65, was named the recipient of the “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award for his contributions and commitment in upholding the Islamic teachings in Terengganu.
He received RM10,000; umrah package worth RM10,000; a set of clothing worth RM500, plaque, trophy and certificate. - Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd