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 yesterday called on the youth to regard Al-Quran as a constant companion and guide to attain blessings towards the path of righteousness.
Delivering a titah on the occasion of the prize presentation ceremony for the 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition for 1441 Hijrah/2019 held at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, His Majesty said, “Do not stray afar from Al-Quran. Whoever takes Al-Quran as a companion will be secure in this life and the hereafter.”
Also present at the ceremony were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO); His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; and other members of the royal family.
Following two consecutive nights of Al-Quran recitation from 22 Qaris and Qariahs from across the region, Kamaruddin G Zaidon from the Philippines was named as the champion in the Qari category, outshining the second and third-place winners from Malaysia and Brunei.
Meanwhile, the Qariah category was won by Bruneian Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki, with Singapore and Malaysia taking the second and third places.
Earlier in the titah, His Majesty said, “In this era fraught with challenges, Al-Quran is the light that shines bright in the darkness.”
“Through Al-Quran all the complications of this era can be overcome, if mankind wants it. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to approach Al-Quran, which is why these ailments are not cured.
“As Muslims, we must not wait for the whole world to be invested in Al-Quran. What is more important is we should not delay the healing of our surroundings through Al-Quran.
“Our current era would be salubrious and resplendent if we are prepared to heal ourselves and our surroundings through Al-Quran.”
His Majesty emphasised the crucial role of youth, “as they form the clear voices of hope of this age, which will be heard by everyone, no matter what their circumstances are. These youth are our hope, not merely because they are young, but they are the foundation for significant changes to the community, including changes from undesirable values to more acceptable ones.
“All of this can be achieved by following Al-Quran as a light or a guide.
“It is my hope that we may continue to produce more youth who are well-versed in Al-Quran, whether through individual efforts or through the Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition.”
His Majesty then concluded the titah with these words of advice: “Embracing Al-Quran as a companion should not be limited to carrying it around – its teachings should be recited, studied and put into practice.”