Religious event marks His Majesty’s birthday

Fadley Faisal

The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) held a Khatam Al-Quran and Doa Kesyukuran ceremony in conjunction with 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’s 74th birthday celebration at Surau Ad-Difa’ of the Bolkiah Garrison yesterday.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof led the ceremony. Commander of the RBAF Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Services Commanders, Joint Force Commander, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Directors, Commandants as well as senior officers from MinDef and RBAF attended the event.

The ceremony began with a mass recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by the minister, followed by Khatam Al-Quran, Takhtim, and Doa Khatam and Doa Kesyukuran led by Surau Ad-Difa’ Imam Shuib bin Abdullah.

Similar ceremonies will be held throughout RBAF camps to mark the monarch’s birthday.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof and Commander of the RBAF Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud at the event. PHOTOS: FADLEY FAISAL
A section of the attendees