Khatam ceremony to mark HM’s birthday
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A TOTAL of 550 people in the Brunei-Muara district attended the 70 times Khatam Al-Quran ceremony yesterday at the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kg Kiarong.
The religious ceremony, organised by the Penghulu Mukim and Village Head Institution Section of the Brunei-Muara District Office, was held in conjunction with the upcoming 70th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Present as the guest of honour was Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong.
The ceremony was aimed at upholding and expressing appreciation towards the sultanate’s Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) concept as a system which contributes to the strong unity, prosperity, harmony, peace and order which is enjoyed by the nation.
It was also aimed at instilling the culture of reciting Al-Quran as a daily practice and honouring His Majesty’s desire into making Brunei a Zikir Nation.
According to the Penghulu Mukim and Village Head Institution Section, the ceremony is also a means to show the people’s gratitude towards the blessings bestowed by Allah SWT.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a special prayer led by the mosque’s Imam.
It proceeded with the recitation of the verses of Al-Quran beginning from the 14th Juz (chapter) by the 550 attendees.
The attendees comprised 140 male and female adults, 140 male and female youths, and 270 male and female children.
After finishing 30 Juz, the participants proceeded with the 70 times Khatam Al-Quran ceremony.
Present at the ceremony was YAM Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb, the son of Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, along with Legislative Council members as well as officers and staff under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Brunei Times