KUALA LUMPUR - Muslims celebrated Maulidur Rasul with parades and salutations to Prophet Muhammad nationwide.
The national celebrations of the Prophet's birthday, themed Perpaduan Nadi Transformasi Negara (Unity, the Pulse of National Transformation), were held at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in attendance.
The parade involved a huge crowd of about 12,325 people.
Muhyiddin, in his speech, stressed the importance of unity among Muslims and resisting extremist activities to ensure the country's security and well-being.
He called on Muslims in Malaysia to stay away from deviant teachings.
Muhyiddin presented National Mosque Grand Imam Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad the Tokoh Perdana Anugerah Maulidur Rasul 2015 award, which came with RM50,000.
In Johor Baru, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor led a 1km parade from the Istana Besar to the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque.
The 3,000 participants from 84 contingents were accompanied by Tunku Mahkota Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and State Secretary Datuk Ismail Karim.
In Malacca, cloudy skies did not stop a parade involving 7,778 people from 124 contingents.
The parade from the Hang Tuah Stadium to the Al-Azim Mosque was led by Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
In Seremban, some 10,000 Muslims took part in the parade around the town.
In his speech, Yang Dipertuan Besar Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir expressed his concern over the involvement of Malaysians in militant groups such as Islamic State, which he said had misused the term "jihad" for violence.
In Kuching, about 10,000 Muslims took part in the celebrations, led by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem at the Jamek Mosque, Petra Jaya.
In his speech, Adenan said Prophet Muhammad, through his noble character, taught Muslims to manage a plural society in Madinah in a fair, peaceful and harmonious way.
In Kuala Terengganu, Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman led 77 contingents of about 5,000 people in a 2.4km parade from Dataran Shahbandar to the State Stadium in a drizzle.
Tengku Seri Temenggong Raja Tengku Baharuddin Sultan Mahmud, who represented Terengganu's Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, launched the celebrations.
In Kuantan, celebrations were postponed due to floods, said State Islamic Religion and Special Tasks Committee chairman Datuk Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad.
In Sandakan, Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman led the parade involving 94 contingents from the District Mosque to the Bandaran Field.
The state's Tokoh Maulidur Rasul awards were given to Assoc Prof Dr Suwaid Tapah, 55, from UiTM Sabah, and former teacher Salmah Abdullah, 58.
In Kepala Batas, some 1,500 Muslims from 40 contingents took part in the Penang state-level Maulidur Rasul celebrations at the Abdullah Fahim Mosque.
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, 57, was conferred the state Tokoh Maulidur Rasul award.