OVER 150 former students from Sixth Form Centre (PTE) Classic Jalan Muara, class of 1975 to 1978 organised a 73 Times Khatam Al-Quran in conjunction with the 73rd birthday celebration 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 at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampong Kiarong yesterday.
Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof was the guest of honour. Principal and teaching staff of PTE Classic Jalan Muara 1975-1978 and family members were also present.
The religious ceremony aimed to uphold His Majesty’s titah urging Muslims to read Al-Quran consistently and to mark the people’s love for the monarch.
The 73-times Khatam ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Mosque Affairs Officer at the Jame ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Abdul Aziz bin Haji Abdullah.
The event also saw a presentation of donations to representatives of Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and several NGOs by the guest of honour.