Mosques mark N-Day with Khatam
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE spirit of patriotism continued to be felt as mass Khatam Al-Quran ceremonies were held in mosques across all four districts of the sultanate to commemorate Brunei Darussalam’s 32nd National Day.
Around 1,500 people took part in the events yesterday, reciting 30 juzuk of the Quran 32 times in line with the 32 years of Brunei’s independence.
The participants mostly comprised youths from secondary and tertiary level educational institutes and youth organizations as well as civil servants.
In Brunei-Muara district, the religious ceremony was held at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha (RIPAS) mosque in Kg Rimba and was attended by the guest of honour, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
The ceremony began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah, led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi Haji Mohd Yusof.
This was followed by the reading through of Surah Ad-Dhoha until Surah Al-Masad by the students of Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB).
A tahtim was then read, led by students from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, followed by a Doa Khatam by a student from ITQSHHB and a dikir marhaban led by trainers from the National Service Programme (PKBN).
The event ended with the reading of Doa Allah Peliharakan Sultan by Mohammad Bagol, a Mosque Affairs Officer, and mass Zuhur prayers.
Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary of MCYS, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, and Deputy Permanent Secretary Noor Jusmin Haji Abd Samad.
In Belait district, the ceremony was held at Mohd Jamalul Alam Mosque and was attended by the guest of honour, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education (MoE) Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom Pengiran Haji Bahar.
Also in attendance were Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) Dr Haji Junaidi Haji Abd Rahman and the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Associate Professor Dr Haji Azman Ahmad.
Meanwhile, in Tutong district, the Khatam Al-Quran ceremony was held at the Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Wakeel Mosque in Mukim Kiudang with Deputy Minister of Development Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi Haji Gapar attending as the guest of honour.
The religious event was also held at the RPN Kg Rataie Mosque in Temburong and attending as the guest of honour was the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT), Dato Paduka Haji Erywan Pehin Dato Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.
Also in attendance was MoFAT’s Deputy Permanent Secretary, Haji Osman Haji Mohd Yussof.
The aim of the event was to encourage youths to participate in celebrating the country’s national day through religious activities, especially through the recitation of chapters and verses of Al-Quran, as it will fulfil the country’s vision of a Zikir Nation.
The Brunei Times