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 described the revelation of Al-Quran as a momentous event and a source of enlightenment for the salvation of the world.
In delivering a titah to mark the religious occasion of Nuzul Al-Quran, His Majesty said, “Alhamdulillah, with the blessings of Allah the Almighty, we have witnessed half of the holy month of Ramadhan, and we are now observing Nuzul Al-Quran (revelation of Al-Quran) that falls on the 17th of Ramadhan.
“There can be no doubt that the 17th of Ramadhan was a momentous event that should not be overlooked, as it was then that the world began to receive enlightenment from Al-Quran as a salvation for all.
“Prior to that, the world was in darkness. Mankind was living in chaos without laws
“But with the revelation of Al-Quran, the darkness faded away, and justice began to take hold in eliminating the evil rituals of Jahiliyah (ignorance) such as burying female infants alive. Such is the merit of Al-Quran as a universal light in contributing to the growth of civilisations.”
His Majesty added, “Insya Allah, we in Brunei will never abandon Al-Quran as the source of grace and blessings in life. Homes should be enlivened with Al-Quran recitations, while schools and educational institutions are required to further elevate Al-Quran education.
“We do not wish for any generation to be left behind in terms of Al-Quran literacy. In my view all that enhanced the nation were brought about by the grace of Al-Quran, as we never disassociated ourselves from the Holy Book, but instead continuing to uphold and recite it.
“Normally, we tend to observe Nuzul Al-Quran every year, where one of the main highlights is the presentation of prizes to the winners and participants of the finals of the National Al-Quran Memorisation Competition.”
“But since the ceremony could not be held this year, the prizes will be presented by the relevant agencies outside of the event.
“I would like to commend and congratulate the participants, especially those who did well. Insya Allah, it is our hope that we will be able to observe Nuzul Al-Quran as usual in the years to come.
“Regarding this year’s theme ‘Generating Blessed Sustenance with Al-Quran,’ this is what is happening in this country, where peace and unity are upheld and the coronavirus outbreak is under control. There can be no doubt that these significant blessings are brought about by the grace of Al-Quran.
“Al-Quran is a healing and a blessing. We will not cease to enhance this nation through the recitation of Al-Quran in mosques, homes, schools and educational institutions, so that we may continue to reap the benefits from such blessings.”
Concluding the titah, His Majesty said, “Let us consistently embrace prayers and recite
Al-Quran, not just for the sake of containing the outbreak, but also for Brunei to receive more blessings in the form of peace, stability and prosperity.
“Let us also pray for those who are still undergoing treatment for the coronavirus and for their speedy recovery, so that they can be safely reunited with their families.”