Travelling brothers visit 9 mosques in the sultanate

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TWO Malaysian travellers, who are currently on a mission to visit mosques across Borneo, managed to visit and cleaned up nine mosques in Brunei.

The two brothers, Annas Aiman Jaffry and Aidil Jaffry who hailed from Selangor had reached Brunei around the end of last month, and by that time, they had already visited around 37 mosques across Sarawak.

In an interview, the elder brother, Annas Aiman said the journey is a continuation of a project they had embarked on last year, during which they had travelled by foot to clean up mosques and mingle with people throughout the peninsular Malaysia.

Now, dubbed as the “Kembara Sahabat Borneo”, the brothers are looking to visit mosques across Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah, and are targeting to clean up around 50 to 60 mosques on the island.

For Brunei, they said so far they had cleaned up nine mosques including Masjid Kg Pandan, Masjid Zainab in Lumut, Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and Brunei’s famous landmark, Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital.

Annas shared that besides from learning the different cultures and the way of lives of the communities they visited, their journey is also aimed at showing and setting up an example to Muslims to take actions in taking care of the mosques around them.

The mosque, he said, is a holy place of worship for Muslims and the responsibility in taking care of it should be shouldered by every believer, and not just be handled solely by mosque management committees.

Brunei, they said, is a peaceful, clean and quiet country that also has various ways on enlivening the mosques, including carrying out regular religious activities.

These are some of the things the duo had wanted to learn, as they believed a lively mosque is a beneficial place to hang around at to obtain real life lessons on top of the religious ones.

“For starters, the mosque is also a place for the community to gather, hence it could also be an avenue for people to get to know each other, and perhaps to also meet up with distant relatives,” he said.

“As for us, the journey to mosques can be considered a spiritual one, as we learnt the different cultures, we could also learn to appreciate what we have, as the differences may also mean something good for us,” he added.

Annas Aiman said yesterday that they will be departing for Labuan on the fourth day of Raya, and shared that they expected their journey to end around early August, with Lahad Datu in Sabah as their final destination.

They hope to inspire more Muslims to take up more responsibilities in taking good care of the mosques through their initiative

He also hoped that more youths like them could also take up travelling, especially those that are heading towards spiritual enrichment, as the lessons learnt throughout the journey could shape and turn them into Muslims who are resilient when faced with the challenges in life.

The Brunei Times