| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
THE start of the 31 times Khatam Al-Quran ceremony in conjunction with this year’s National Day celebration was held yesterday at the Suri Seri Begawan Raja Pengiran Anak Damit Mosque in Kampong Manggis-Madang.
The guests of honour were Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, and Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a mass recitation of verses from Al-Quran by 930 participants, who were led by teachers representing the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Islamic Studies Department, as well as graduates of Religious Teachers University College Seri Begawan (KUPU SB).
Those in attendance consisted of participants from the Musabaqah Tilawatil Al-Quran Youth Competition 2014, current and former members of the National Service Programme, Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme, students from various secondary schools and higher education institutions, youth associations, representatives from government and private agencies as well as members of the ‘Belia Cinta Tanah Air’ programme.
The event was held to encourage the youth to appreciate the Al-Quran as a life guide and participate in religious activities.
Also present were the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Communications and staff members from both ministries.