Royal gifts bring cheer to those in need

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THOSE less fortunate and in need were touched by the care and kindness of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and his government upon receiving the sacrificial meat as kurnia peribadi yesterday.

The Brunei Times spoke to Pg Hashim Pg Hj Abdullah, one of the recipients of the sacrificial meat during the Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebration at the Masjid Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah. Pg Hashim who has to support a family of seven despite not being able to work due to a health condition that he did not want to elaborate on, thanked His Majesty and his government for the gift and support that he received.

“For all my deficiencies, it is very touching to be cared for so much and I’m grateful for all the support that is offered. "This (sacrificed meat) will help reduce my burden and personal spending for the day,” he said.

Latifah Hj Md Mosbi, a single mother for over 25 years and taking care of a family of more than 15 individuals including seven grandchildren and three in-laws, was also touched to be offered care and support even in times of hardship.

Alhamdulillah, I’m happy to be receiving the gift from His Majesty and the relevant departments involved, and thank them for their care and support for a single mother.”

Latifah took the opportunity to thank His Majesty and Baitulmal as she was recently declared to be eligible to receive a new house which will be built on her own land in Temburong district.

Md Shahrin Abdullah, another recipient of the Kurnia Peribadi, who works privately, said that the gift would bring joy to his family for this Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebration. “My wife, our child and I would like to thank His Majesty for giving us this gift which will help make our Aidil Adha celebration today a lot better. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity and I pray to Allah (SWT) for His Majesty’s health and longevity,” said Md Shahrin.

Aidil Adha is celebrated by performing the Korban (sacrifice) of livestock representing what Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was prepared to do when he offered his son Prophet Ismail (AS) to Allah (SWT). A total of 14 goats and 66 buffaloes were sacrificed as personal gifts from His Majesty and the Royal Family to 6,145 poor and less fortunate people.

The Brunei Times