Over 6,000 participants at KB Maulud procession
| Nazirul Hakeem A |
MAULUD Nabi Muhammad (pbuh) ceremony in the Belait District was participated by over 6,000 individuals yesterday at Padang Bandaran along Jalan Sultan.
With the participation of various government agencies in the district, private companies as well as major oil and gas sector, learning institutions, mosques and the local communities, Kuala Belait was crowded with people, and the sound of people reciting the Dikir Maulud echoed across the town.
Present as the guest of honour was Colonel (Rtd) Pg Dato Paduka Hj Azmansham bin Pg Hj Mohamad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.
The event began with the recitation of Al-Quran by Awg Abdul Qawiyuddin bin Suhaili, followed by a Dikir Marhaban performance by officers and staff from various government departments in the Belait District.
The event then proceeded with the guest of honour going to the field to meet and greet the participants and simultaneously, presented certificates of participation.
A thanksgiving prayer was recited by Imam Noraffindy bin Norsabah, an officer at the Belait Mosques Affairs Department followed by three blessings to the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) call.
The march was then led by the guest of honour following a 3.3 kilometre walk to Jalan Maulana, and then taking a turn to Jalan Panglima heading to Jalan Bunga Raya, which was the last route before reaching back to the starting point at Padang Bandaran in Jalan Sultan.
The Bulletin also spoke to some of the participants at yesterday’s gathering. Speaking to the Deputy Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, Hj Salleh Bostaman bin Hj Zainal Abidin, he said Brunei Shell Petroleum Company supports initiatives from the government and any other pertinent national and Islamic activities.
“We want to provide opportunities for the Muslim workers in BSP to participate in religious events,” he said.
The Bulletin also spoke to some of the school children during yesterday’s gathering. The school children were all happy and excited to participate in the march as for some of them, it was their first experience.