Prayers usher in Hijrah 1438
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, last night joined mass prayers at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah to usher in the new Islamic year 1438.
Accompanying the monarch were His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel.
In his speech, Religious Affairs Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman said the celebrations aim to seek Allah SWT’s blessings in ensuring citizens will continue to live in harmony.
He said celebrations of Islamic festivals are not only aimed at propagating the sultanate’s official religion, but also foster the religious spirit that goes hand in hand with His Majesty’s leadership and government.
The minister went on to thank His Majesty for his leadership and presence in celebrating Islamic festivals in Brunei.
“Alhamdulillah, with His Majesty’s leadership, Islamic festivals have become a tradition that is good for the country,” he said.
The celebration, themed “Harta Berkat Negara Selamat”, also saw a senior religious officer from the Islamic Da’wah Centre deliver a lecture on lessons from Hijrah.
Hj Ahmad Abdussalam Abdul Rahman’s lecture focused on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s need of a companion to perform Hijrah, and Allah SWT showing his greatness by protecting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the use of spider webs, pigeons and trees.
During the event, YB Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Hamid Bakal led the end of Hijrah year _doa _recital before 21 cannon shots were fired to welcome the new Islamic year.
State Mufti YB Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned then concluded the ceremony with a thanksgiving prayer, followed by mass Isya’ prayers.
The Brunei Times