| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
THE Ministry of Development (MoD) yesterday celebrated Ma’al Hijrah 1436 in commemoration of the Islamic New Year with a thanksgiving ceremony to fete the recent Haj pilgrims of the ministry and departments under it.
The guest of honour at the event was Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Development.
The ceremony started with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Awang Haji Tassan bin Haji Mohammad from the Housing Development Department.
It continued with a religious talk delivered by an officer from the Islamic Dakwah Centre, Ustaz Haji Anwari bin Haji Rawee, entitled ‘Hijrah: Setitis Hidayah Menggapai Maghfirah’.
In his talk, Ustaz Haji Anwari underlined the significance of the migration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Makkah to Madinah that gave rise to the Islamic calendar as a significant event for Muslims.
The religious event was further enlivened with the recital of Dikir Marhaban and sprinkling of scented flowers to a total of 14 Haj pilgrims who just came back after performing their month-long Haj. The ceremony ended with the recitation of a Doa Selamat.
Also present at the event were Awang Haji Muhammad Lutfi bin Haji Abdullah, Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the MoD; Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MoD; directors, heads of division and unit, as well as officers and staff members of the ministry and the departments under it.