| Hakim Hayat |
MOSQUES and prayer halls nationwide commenced the 12 consecutive nights yesterday evening for the ‘Dikir Maulud’ to enliven celebrations of Maulidur Rasul or the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which falls every 12th of Rabiulawal in the Hijrah calendar.
The focal point was the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital, with the Acting Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom bin Pg Hj Bahar, as the event’s guest of honour .
The programme began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by the acting minister, followed by ‘Dikir Assalamualika’ by the dikir group from the Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) and the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB).
This was followed by ‘Dikir Al Ham’ by dikir groups from departments under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) as well as the Islamic Studies Department (JPI).
Meanwhile, the ‘Dikir Khairuman’ was recited by dikir groups from Kg Subok and Kg Pandai Besi whereas the ‘Dikir Ashraqal’ was recited by a group from the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Nur Taqwa group.
At the end of the ceremony, dikir prayers were recited by Mudim Hj Amran bin Hj Mohd Salleh, while the prayer for His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the nation was recited by Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Hj Embran bin Hj Kunchang.
Similar events will take place in mosques and prayer halls across the country, with different contingents from various government agencies performing the dikir every night. This will then culminate in the annual Maulidur Rasul procession which will be held nationwide on January 3, 2015.
In a press release, MoRA expressed that apart from enlivening the prophet’s birthday anniversary, the series of events also aim to glorify mosques in the Sultanate and to foster closer relations between the ministry and mosque congregants from different communities.
Also present at last night’s ceremony were Permanent Secretary (at MoRA) Hj Mohd ‘Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Salam and Deputy Permanent Secretary Awg Hj Harun bin Hj Junid.