Helping hand for underprivileged students

Izah Azahari

The Youth Religious Programme under the Ministry of Religious Affairs in cooperation with the As-Syahadah Muallaf Youth Group held an aid handover ceremony for the Back to School 2020 Programme and a Prize Presentation Ceremony for the Jawi Writing Competition in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2019 at the Conference Hall of the Islamic Da’wah Centre yesterday.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof was the guest of honour.

Director of the Islamic Da’wah Centre Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohd Salleh was also present.

The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Religious Development Officer Muhammad Yusri bin Haji Abdul Majid, followed by a welcoming speech by a representative of the President of As-Syahadah Muallaf Youth Group Muhammad Atiq bin Juani.

He said the collection for the school necessities for the programme was held on December 12, 14 and 16.

Muhammad Atiq explained that this is the second time the welfare programme has been organised in cooperation with the As-Syahadah Muallaf Youth Group and the Secretariat of the Youth Religious Programme, MoRA.

ABOVE & BELOW: Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof presents a hamper to a winner; and Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz presents aid donation to a recipient. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

The first programme held this year was in conjunction with the new Hijrah Year celebration in the Ilm Weekend Programme Belia Muallaf Prihatin carried out in the Temburong District with the objective of aiding Muallafs and supporting the Muallaf children and family.

The event was enlivened with an Al-Quran recitation by Siti Nur Aina Syasya binti Haji Asnawi.

The first place winner of the Category ‘A’ (10 to 16 years) went to Siti Nur Aina Syasya while the second and third place went to Awangku Md Hadi Hamiz bin Pengiran Mokti and Haji Muhamad Al-Amin bin Haji Badaruddin.

In Category ‘B’ (17 years and above) Khairul bin Hanif @ Rosli won first place, while second and third place went to Siti Hurul-Ain Diyana @ Viena binti Haji Abdul Majid and Mohammad Iman bin Abdullah Haji Ibrahim.

The event concluded with the recitation of Sayyidul Istighfar and Doa Selamat led by Muhammad Yusri.

The collection of school necessities for the programme was handed over to about 190 recipients comprising students in need, especially those in the Muallaf group, throughout

the country. Among the objectives of the programme was to provide support to students in need and their families, enhance ties and concern for each other, as well as to foster mutual support among donors and recipients, and help ease their burden before the start of the 2020 school session.