Seeking for gratitude and blessing bestowed by Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala toward citizen and residents of the country under the reign of His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, are the main objective of the Khatam al-Quran 68 times by members of the Mukim and Kampong Consultative Council nationwide.  His Majesty and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, consent to attend the ceremony which coincide with the celebration marking His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan 68th birthday.  The ceremony was held at the Royal Banquet Hall, Istana Nurul Iman this afternoon.

The arrival of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty the Raja Isteri was greeted by the Minister of Home Affairs,  Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman; as the Chairman of the National Royal Birthday Committee, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Laila Raja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof as well as members of the Executive committee for the 68 times Khatam Al-quran ceremony and their respective spouses.

Also present was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel.  Also present were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah;Her Royal Highness Princess  Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah, and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna.

A mass reading of Al-Fatihah was led by the State Mufti Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, making the start of the Khatam Al Quran ceremony.

One thousand seven hundred and sixty-eight readers comprising of members of the Mukim and Kampong Consultative Council throughout the country took part in the Khatam Al-Quran ceremony.  Out of that number 68 were male adult, 68 female adult, 68 male youths and another 68 female youth who represented their respective districts.

Beside members of the Mukim and Kampong Consultative Councils, the Khatam Al-Quran ceremony was also participated by 680 male and female children under 12 who have completed their Khatam Al Quran under the Young Readers Al-Quran Reading Scheme, under 10 Khatamal Al-Quran incentive scheme, pupils of the Arab Preparatory Schools, Al Falah School and Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School.

The ceremony a special present in the form of sincere Doa of the rakyat to the beloved Monarch and legitimate leader as show of love and loyalty to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.  The ceremony was the climax of the reading of 30 chapters of the Al-Quran by each reader.

The annual ceremony which was held since 2011 is to uphold the desire of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to make the country as a nation of zikir and the rakyat who are Al-Quran literate.  This is timely with His Majesty’s wish to see muslim in this fortunate country to be always close to the Al-Quran and to follow the teachings in the holy book as guidance in all aspects of life. The Tahtim was read by officers and religious teachers from the Islamic Studies Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Meanwhile the reading of Tahil was also led by officers and religious teachers from the Islamic Studies Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs. The Doa Khatam was read by a student of the Young Al-Quran Reader’s scheme under the Islamic Studies Department Mohd Nurbazli bin Mohd Mustafah.

A Dikir Marhaban enlivened the ceremony which was performed by 68 mosque officials and Imams from the Mosque Affairs Department and 68 officers and woman Religious teachers  from Islamic Studies Department as well as participants of the Khatam Al-Quran.

Also present at the ceremony were Amat Mulia Pengiran Cheterias, Cabinet Ministers, members of Councils, Deputy Ministers, Pehin Manteris, Manteri Pendalamans, Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries as well as Penghulus and Ketua Kampongs.

Apart from rewards and blessings from Allah for reading the Al-Quran, the participation of grass-root levels and the public is a manifestation of loyalty of the rakyat to the monarch, religion and nation.  The ceremony also a manifestation of rakyat and residents of the country over the Malay Islamic Monarch concept as a system that guide the way of life toward a strong united, prosperous, harmonious and peaceful community, and nationhood blessed by Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala.

Unity and harmony shown in this ceremony came from peaceful atmosphere.  All these were due to the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam who always take serious attention on the teaching of Islam.  His Majesty’s determination to make the country as a zikir nation will surely bring blessings.  His Majesty in his titah has said that the blessings come in the form of security, peace and prosperity.

At this function, the rakyat representing all the four districts pray for His Majesty and Her Majesty long life, good health and continue to reigns Brunei Darussalam with the blessing of Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto

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