Pray for monarch’s good health: Imams

Azlan Othman

As the nation prepares to celebrate the 74th birthday 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 on July 15, religious authorities are encouraging the Muslim community to pray for the monarch’s good health and longevity.

“July 15 is a historical date for Brunei Darussalam, because it was on that date that His Majesty was born,” said Imams in yesterday’s Friday sermon.

“Ever year, on that date, we as the citizens and residents of this country celebrate the birthday of our beloved and respected monarch, or Payung Negara (the protector of the country).”

“Therefore, let us all pray for our beloved monarch’s longevity and good health as the ruler of this country, with the grace, blessings and protection from Allah the Almighty. May our country continue to be peaceful, prosperous and secure under his fair and wise leadership.

We are grateful to Allah the Almighty, because it is owing to His mercy that we, as the citizens and residents of this blessed nation, are able to enjoy a peaceful and prosperous existence.

Therefore, we should take care to preserve the harmony, peace and prosperity, with the hope that they will continue to endure.

Alhamdulillah, Brunei Darussalam is so blessed to have a monarch held in high respect and esteem by the people. 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 is a monarch who constantly pays heed to the welfare and well-being of his people. The extent of His Majesty’s compassion is evident from his attentiveness to the needs of the people and the many unscheduled visits made in the interests, welfare and well-being of this country’s citizens and residents.

It is direct involvement which has caused His Majesty to be known as a working monarch. This is an exceptionable quality and a special characteristic of His Majesty.

There can be no doubt that His Majesty is a visionary monarch and leader, whose wish for the continuing development of the country and the people’s well-being has been embodied in Brunei Vision 2035.

Brunei Vision 2035 will help our country, Brunei Darussalam, to be known worldwide as a nation of well-educated and highly skilled people on par with international standards, high-quality living with a resilient economy.

The citizens and residents are the ones who benefit when a monarch shows concern for the affairs and welfare of his people. Therefore, as the citizens and residents of this sultanate, it is our duty to always obey and show loyalty to our monarch.”