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 yesterday afternoon performed the first Friday Prayer at the Ar-Rahman Mosque in Kampung Tanjung Bunut.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

Shortly after arrival, His Majesty proceeded to the mosque's lobby where His Majesty signed a plaque, accompanied by the resounding of Takbir led by the Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel.

The first Azan or call of prayer for the Friday prayer was performed by Haji Asbinin bin Haji Zainal, the Imam or prayer leader of Ar-Rahman Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Khutbah Jumaat or Friday Sermon was delivered by Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin. The sermon among other things stressed on the practise of giving endowments. It is a noble practise that is encouraged by Islam, specifically for the construction of mosques. The establishment of the Brunei Darussalam Mosque Construction Fund provides the opportunity for Muslim citizens and residents in the country to donate as well as allocate a part of their wealth towards mosque construction, and at the same time to earn blessings for the Afterlife.

The Friday Prayer was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar, the Chief Syarie Judge.

Before leaving the the Ar-Rahman Mosque, His Majesty and and His Majesty's sons received junjung ziarah from the congregants. The mosque construction project is a manifestation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's care and attention towards the people's welfare and need.

Source: Radio Television Brunei