Health, unity through sports

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HEALTH and unity can be fostered through spending some time together doing sports, said one of the organisers of the Riadah Hijrah 1435H yesterday.

Organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the main event of the Riadah Hijrah 1435H was the walkathon where participants will walk for distance of about 3.2km from Masjid Tanjong Maya to Masjid Kampong Penapar Tutong. The guest of honour was the Tutong Deputy District Officer, Shaminan Hj Tengah who launched the Funds for Orphans and Takmir Activities of Tutong mosques where donations will be collected and 30 per cent will go to Orphans Funds while 70 per cent goes to every district mosques for future activities that will be held.

In a kuliah subuh delivered by the Officer of Mosque Religious Affairs Hj Amynoor Hj Mohd Yaakub, it was told that aside from encouraging physical fitness, athletics can also strengthen familial bonds and friendships.

“Putting people in one spot and letting them spend some time together doing recreational activities gives them the chance to get well acquainted,” said Hj Amynoor.

On the other hand, Pg Ibrahim Pg Mohd Yussof an officer from Tutong Mosque Religious Affairs added that good relationships could revitalise the mosque and highlight its religious functions. “But most importantly, it would also encourage people to live healthily through regular exercises,” said Pg Ibrahim.

One of the participants, Abd Khalid Hj Md Noor expressed his joy seeing many people flocking together joining the Riadah Hijrah 1435H.

“Not only are those who came here from different villages and government agencies, there are also non-Muslims joining the crowd,” said Abd Khalid. Another participant who preferred to be known as Ahmed Faez, who was recently married to a woman of Tutong ancestry said that the Riadah Hijrah 1435H gave him the opportunity to get acquainted with the people in his new after-marriage surroundings.

It is quite a good event as I get to know some people better, especially the patriarchs of whom I often met during functions,” said Ahmed Faez. Mohd Kafil Iqbal, a student of the Mahad Islam Brunei said that joining this event could invoke health awareness among young people like him.

“It gives us the chance to break a sweat and reduce our weight,” he said.

“Furthermore, it also helps me get closer to my parents because we seldom do sports together,” he added. Amplifying the theme of unity among family and friends, other activities of the Riadah Hijrah 1435H include the lucky draw, colouring contest and jawi writing competition for kids.

Also present to grace the event further was the penghulu of Mukim Telisai, Hj Ramli Hj Lahit.

The Brunei Times