Minister applauds Sultan’s leadership

Rokiah Mahmud

The efforts in disseminating the meaning of Al-Quran in the Sultanate have brought many blessings from Allah the Almighty, which is a clear indication of the wise leadership 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.

This was said by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman in a special pre-recorded programme in conjunction with the commemoration of Nuzul Al-Quran 1441 Hijrah, adding that with His Majesty’s wise leadership, it is evident that Islam being an official religion of the country has served as a catalyst for stability, safety and well-being of the people.

He also said the National Level Al-Quran Memorisation and Its Understanding Competition saw a significant increase in participation, with this year’s event attracting 352 Huffaz, which showed the growing number of Al-Quran Huffaz in the country, with majority of them from the younger generation.

“They (Huffaz) have got support and encouragement from their parents as well as teachers at religious schools,” he said, adding that “the facilities that have been provided by His Majesty’s Government, through the Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah have further increased the interest in Al-Quran memorisation in the generation”.

Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN