His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Alam consented to receive in separate audiences and junjung ziarah from the country’s intending haj pilgrims. The function took place yesterday afternoon at Istana Nurul Iman.

The care and attention from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam towards the intending pilgrims is greatly appreciated and welcomed with joy. Prior to the audience and junjung ziarah ceremony, the intending pilgrims were given special attention and served with various delicacies.

After enjoying the meal, the intending pilgrims performed a mass fardhu zohor prayer. The country’s intending pilgrims are scheduled to depart for the Holy land of Makkah Al-Mukaramah on the 10th and 11th of this month.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to receive in audience and junjung ziarah from the male haj pilgrims. Also in attendance was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik. The care and attention of His Majesty towards the intending pilgrims can clearly be seen through the award of His Majesty’s personal haj passage, government air-fare as well as haj passage for new converts.

Four hundred citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam will perform the fifth pillar of Islam. From the total number of haj pilgrims, 205 are male pilgrims while 195 are female. The number of haj pilgrims in the country is according to the set quota given by the government of Saudi Arabia introduced since 2002 which is point one percent of the total number of muslim residents. The government of Saudi Arabia limited the number of pilgrims from each country to implement its responsibility of ensuring that the haj ritual programme will be carried out properly for the sake of safety, wellbeing and comfort of the intending pilgrims while they are in the holy land in view of the upgrading works being carried out at the two holy mosques namely Masjidil Haram in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

In another part of the Istana, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha consented to receive greetings from female intending pilgrims. Also present was Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah.

The welfare and health of the intending pilgrims during their stint in the holy land is a priority of His Majesty’s government. For their comfort in performing the haj thoroughly, the government has sent 6 medical officers and 14 nurses as well as 5 Haj Liaison officers in Makkah and Madinah to see to the health and haj management affairs of the Brunei Darussalam pilgrims. They will depart the country tomorrow to make preparations.

Apart from using the Darussalam Holdings package, intending pilgrims also took the haj packages from Straits Central Agencies Brunei Sendirian Berhad which was given approval to conduct haj packages by His Majesty’s government.

His Majesty also consented to present the male pilgrims with Ihram Clothing, and a suit of praying attire to the female pilgrims. The gesture is testimony of the Monarch’s love for the rakyat and residents, a unique and special bond between the king and the rakyat. Such bond creates a sustainable and harmonious society, enjoying peace and prosperity, and within that society lies a genuine strength in upholding the religion and the nation.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto

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