IPOH: Mosques should be a place to unite Muslims, not to highlight differences, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Mosques, he said, should be a place for unity, to seek knowledge and perform good deeds (beribadah).
"We have many colours (political parties) and I am colourblind when it comes to politics.
"Even if we have different beliefs in politics, it should be celebrated with manners (adab)," he said.
He was addressing a 1,000-strong crowd at Masjid Jamek Idris Iskandar Shah, Sungai Rokam here tonight.
Zahid also announced an allocation of RM3.5 million to upgrade the mosque including its expansion as well as installation of air-conditioners. Zahid used to perform Friday prayers at the mosque when he was studying at Sekolah Menengah Agama Izzuddin Shah.
He said that from the allocation, RM2.5 million is from the Federal government while the remaining RM1 million is from the state government.
The upgrading work is expected to be completed in 18 months.
Zahid earlier performed Isyak and terawih prayers at the mosque.
Accompanying him were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, state police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan and state secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan.