| Khal Baharulalam |
THE close relationship in the Islamic community was evident at the residence of the Pakistan High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam yesterday as a vibrant Mehfil-e-Milad was held to commemorate His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 68th birthday.
Mefil-e-Milad is considered an important part of celebratory occasions, including marriages and birthdays.
On this occasion, Daroud and Salams and Quranic verses were recited in the name of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Prayers are held and guidance and forgiveness were sought.
Dozens of guests turned up at the venue, which was decorated beautifully for the occasion.
For the first time, the Pakistani community collaborated with the Bruneian community to showcase the graceful performances, including renditions of the verses from the Holy Quran, utilising both the Malayan and Urdu language.
In an interview with the Bulletin, Major General (Rtd) Muhammad Ijaz Hussain Awan, the High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam, and his spouse Mrs Nayyara Malik expressed their pleasure for having hosted the inter-cultural event, and said, “We are happy that we have got a lot of different nationalities coming today.”
‘Zam Zam’ water was served while prayers were carried to seek good health, happiness, and longevity of His Majesty, the people of both countries and for the continuation of the lasting friendship and ties between Pakistan and Brunei.
Prayers were also offered for the victims of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan before the evening concluded with a dinner reception which featured Pakistan dishes.