Hari Raya Aidil Fitri in Brunei Darussalam was ushered in with the takbir praising Allah the Almighty at all mosques, surau and religious halls in the country. Yesterday's celebration began with the sunnat Aidil Fitri prayer. 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 joined the country's citizens and other residents in performing the prayer at Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampung Kiarong yesterday morning.

Upon arrival, His majesty was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua of Adat Istiadat Negara;

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 as the Chairman of Islam's Auspicious Days Executive Committee 1440 Hijrah;

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti and other committee members.

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.

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen and

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel.

The mass sunat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri prayer was led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.

Meanwhile, the Khutbah or sermon was delivered by the State Mufti. It highlighted the importance of saying the salam or greeting when visiting or being visited. According to the State Mufti, the words "Assalamualaikum'' means "Peace Be Upon You" is a great 'doa or supplication, an invaluable gift or contribution and replying in kind is an obligation. The State Mufti called for the ' salam' to be practised as a way of life and to fill the homes and Hari Raya Celebration with the greeting. If a special guest or speaker says the ' salam' the attendees must reply in clear voice instead of being passive or replying in the heart only.

In the second sermon, the State Mufti talked about a child's obligation to the parents saying it is inappropriate for the child to neglect his or her parents while the child lives in luxury. This is because all the child's wealth belong to the parents. Yang Berhormat Pehin said on this auspicious day, those who still have parents should grab the opportunity to take care of their parents. On this first day of Aidil Fitri visit them and ask for their blessings and forgiveness. For those whose parents have passed on, supplicate for them and give alms in their name because Allah will grant and accept the supplication and alms.

Before departing from Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, His Majesty and members of the Royal Family received the junjung ziarah from the congregants.

Source: Radio Television Brunei