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 attended a Doa Kesyukuran to mark His Majesty’s 74th birthday at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kiarong yesterday.
Mass Maghrib and Sunnat Hajat prayers were also held.
The monarch was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.
His Majesty and members of the royal family were welcomed by Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar as the Adviser of the executive committee of the royal birthday celebrations, Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and other executive committee members.
Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar led the mass Maghrib and Sunnat Hajat prayers, while State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned read the Doa Kesyukuran.
Similar prayers were held at the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital (being the focal point), Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in RPN Kampong Mentiri, Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque in Kampong Jerudong, Mohamed Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Serusop, Sultan Sharif Ali Mosque in Kampong Sengkurong, Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque in Kampong Sungai Kebun and Setia Ali Mosque in Pekan Muara.
The focus of the religious gathering was also at Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Mosque for the Brunei-Muara District; the Muhammad Jamalul Alam Mosque, RPN Kampong Pandan Mosque and Pekan Seria Mosque in the Belait District; Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in the Tutong District; and Utama Mohammad Salleh Mosque in the Temburong District.