HM: Be grateful for blessings

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HM also urges the people to be patient & proactive to face the H1N1 outbreak

THERE is nothing greater than the takbir and tahmid, as these are the cries of victory with which we celebrate the month of Syawal, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said in his customary Hari Raya titah.

"Allahu Akhbar Allahu Akhbar Allahu Akhbar Walillahil Hamd... Takbir rejoices the greatness of Allah (SWT), while tahmid gives praise to Him," His Majesty said.

As places of worship brim with joy on the morning of Hari Raya, Muslims young and old, of sincere faith, will flock to mosques and religious halls to perform the sunat Aidil Fitri prayers, the monarch noted.

"This is the pinnacle of the festivities and blessing. If it (the prayers) can be done perfectly, then it is (the source) of true satisfaction.

"We feel satisfied because we are promised with the rewards of merits," said His Majesty, who is also the head of religion in Brunei.

The benevolent ruler spoke of how the pious feel grateful when encountering a blessing and practise patience when met with calamity. His Majesty said that blessings should come above all, regardless of the circumstances.

"Especially throughout this Ramadhan, many people who are in good health, are able to fast, are able to read Al-Quran, are able to perform tarawih prayers. Then, when Syawal comes around, they are able to go to the mosque to perform the Hari Raya prayers," the head of religion said.

"Isn't this a blessing in itself? Of course it is and we savour it with gratitude," the monarch added.

His Majesty referred to the recent outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) as a test, which, he said, we must accept with patience. The monarch explained that patience does not come readily, but requires effort, which was important as religion dictates us to be proactive.

The authorities were urged neither to slacken nor cease in administering advice to the public on preventive steps that they can take to curb the spread of the virus.

Even as things have calmed down, His Majesty continued, no authorities have stepped forward to ensure us that the situation has been overcome, as doubt and anxiety still persists in some areas.

As an effort to protect the people from the risk of infection from H1N1, His Majesty himself has taken the initiative to not open the Istana Nurul Iman to the public, where they would usually have the opportunity to meet and greet His Majesty and the Royal Family.

His Majesty noted that the pandemic has been addressed through several means, namely, with doa (prayer), qunut nazilah and with sunat hajat prayers as well as adhering to the advice of the Ministry of Health.

The public can also reduce risks by understanding the simple methods of prevention such as avoiding individuals who exhibit influenza-like symptoms as well as keeping away from crowds where possible, or if it is not, by wearing protective face masks, His Majesty pointed out.

"Insyallah, with the blessings of our doa and our continuous devotion, along with other efforts, Allah (SWT) will save us and the nation," His Majesty said.

The monarch also extended his and the Royal Family's greetings to all Bruneian citizens and residents, particularly those of the Islamic faith, wherever they may be, wishing them "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri".

"Hopefully, with with the grace of Allah (SWT), we will meet in the years to come, full of happiness and goodwill, and the country in a prosperous and safe state, free from any outbreak and disaster. Amin".

The Brunei Times