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Bangladeshis perform Aidil Adha prayers on Jalan Silang Kuala Lumpur

On the morning of 15 October 2013, thousands of Bangladeshi and other faithfuls congregated along Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (Jalan Silang), Kuala Lumpur, to perform the Aidil Adha prayers to usher in the national religious holiday of Hari Raya Haji which celebrates the virtues of sacrifice and piety signalled by the end of the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

 

The preparations for the street prayer began early as tarpaulin and prayer mats were placed along the full stretch of Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin. At the call of the azan (the Muslim call to prayer) at about 7.30, the street was already packed with devotees, even spilling over to the adjoining streets of Jalan Hang Lekiu and Jalan Tun H. S. Lee. By the time the prayer proper had begun, there was no standing room left along the streets. Even the corridors of the shoplots were simply filled up.

The sea of humanity praying in unison in an open space is a sight to behold. But more importantly to the Muslim faithful, it expresses the unity of the jema’ah (congregation) which is a central tenet behind Islamic worship.