Prayer books distributed to the public

Syazwani Hj Rosli & Daniel Lim

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is just around the corner, and Muslims in the country have traditionally welcomed the festivity with Sunnat prayers at a mosque, surau or religious hall.

This year, however, Muslims have been advised to carry out the prayers at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in the effort to encourage such a preventive measure, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), through the Department of Mosque Affairs and Government Printing Department took the initiative of distributing the Panduan Sembahyang Sunat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Teks Khutbah Hari Raya Aidilfitri Pertama dan Kedua to members of the public via a drive-thru at key locations across the country.

In the Brunei-Muara District, the campaign was held at the MoRA and the Government Printing Department.

On hand to distribute the books was Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious) Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang in the presence of Acting Director of Mosque Affairs Haji Amir Hisham bin Haji Masri.

Meanwhile, in the Belait District, the campaign was held at the Belait District Religious Affairs Office, joined by Belait District Religious Officer Head Mohamad Aliyani bin Ismail.

The public can pick up the books at the Department of Mosque Affairs, Mosque Affairs Office and Religious Offices on May 23 between 9am and 1pm.

The collection of books will also be held at Zakat counters in mosques, suraus and religious halls across the country today and tomorrow between 8.30am to 11am, and between 1-3pm.

Some 15,000 copies of the books were prepared by the MoRA in response to unprecedented challenges faced by Muslims as a result of the global pandemic.

Belait District Religious Officer Ustaz Mohamad Aliyani bin Ismail presents the books to a member of the public
A Ministry of Religious Affairs official presents the books to a member of the public
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious) at the MoRA Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang hands over the Raya prayer guideline and sermon book to a member of the public. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR & DANIEL LIM