| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) held its annual Khatam Al-Quran ceremony for graduating students yesterday, as part of the university’s 7th Hafl Al-Takharruj (convocation ceremony).
The participants of the Khatam Al-Quran comprised 120 graduates from UNISSA’s Degree, Diploma and Advanced Programmes.
The guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education.
Also in attendance were Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Deputy Minister of Education; Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, the Rector of UNISSA; the deputy permanent secretaries and directors at the Ministry of Education (MoE).
The ceremony began with a mass recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by the guest of honour, followed by a mass recitation of selected chapters from Al-Quran by the Khatam participants. This was followed by a recitation of Takhtim and Doa Khatam, led by Muhammad Hashim bin Haji Abdullah, a graduate from the Degree Programme in Usuluddin (Tafsir and Hadith).
The ceremony continued with a presentation of certificates to the Khatam participants by the minister, accompanied with a Dikir Marhaban performance.
The event concluded with a recitation of the Doa Kesyukuran led by Al-Hadi bin Zainal Abidin, a Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance.
The Khatam Al-Quran ceremony is held annually at UNISSA to promote and instil the habit of Al-Quran reading among its students in line with the aspirations of 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 of making the country a Zikir Nation.