Converts get financial assistance for Haj

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

TEN Muslim converts received financial assistance to perform the Haj this year under the Haj Passage Fund from 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.

A ceremony to handover the Haj financial assistance was held at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) building yesterday.

Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman in his capacity as the President of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB), handed over the funds to the Muslim converts who will be travelling under the Haj packages offered by the Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd.

A total of BND45,000 in passage funds and BND2,000 travel allowance each derived from the Zakat Asnaf Muallaf money collection were granted to the 10 Muslim converts. They have been granted the Haj Passage Fund according to rates given to government officers which is BND4,500 per person.

Those travelling under the premium package Zamrud from Darussalam Holdings was given BND7,700 to supplement the total cost of BND12,200.

Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman presents a donation. – RAHWANI ZAHARI