The launching ceremony to begin the recitation of Al-Quran verses 73 times of Khatam Al-Quran by the Mukim and Kampung Consultative Councils; school students and Higher Learning Institutions nationwide in conjunction with the 73rd birthday celebration of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for 2019 was held yesterday afternoon. The ceremony began after the mass Fardhu Asar prayer at selected mosques in every district. In Brunei Muara District, the launching ceremony was held at Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampung Kiarong.

Present, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs as the chairman of National Committee of 73rd anniversary of His Majesty's birthday celebration, and Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs.

The ceremony commenced with the mass reading of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by the reading of Al-Quran verses began from the first Juzuk. This year, 772 people took part in Brunei Muara District. The participants for the reading of Al-Quran verses comprising the members of Mukim and Kampung Consultative Council throughout the country. The overall total of participants this year are 1,708 peoples.

Source: Radio Television Brunei