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 said that Muslims should resolve to build strong faith and patience amidst trials and challenges, by heeding the history and purpose of Aidiladha.
In a titah broadcast on national television and radio from Istana Nurul Iman on the eve of Hari Raya Aidiladha for 1441 Hijrah, His Majesty said, “During this festival, which is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, we are encouraged to carry out sacrificial rites.
“The event originated from the command of Allah the Almighty to Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) to slaughter his own son, Prophet Ismail (pbuh). This was truly a trial of their faith and patience, but in the end they passed the test.”
His Majesty equated this trial to the challenges currently being faced by frontline workers, while the world continues to grapple with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic: “Each nation has their own frontline workers, who undoubtedly possess a strong willingness to sacrifice by taking on dangerous risks, regardless of the hours and the circumstances. Their strength of purpose is a sign of enduring patience.
“These sacrifices will not be in vain, since Muslims are promised with special bounties,” His Majesty said.
“As stated by Allah the Almighty in Verse 10 of Surah Az-Zumar: ‘For those who do good in this world is good, and Allah’s earth is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be paid their full reward, without account’.”
His Majesty also touched on the deferred participation in this year’s Haj season, “This is also another form of a test on our patience. On the surface, this might seem like a loss, but if we accept it with patience, then it is not inconceivable for Allah the Almighty to replace the loss with rewards, based upon our initial intent to obey His command, but that good intention was prevented by current circumstances through His will.
“Allah the Almighty will bestow rewards on His servant who intends to do good deeds, even though they have not yet been fulfilled. On the other hand, those who intend to commit evil will not be taken to task until their evil plans are carried out.
“This is a sign of Allah the Almighty’s graciousness. He rewards those with good intentions, even though nothing has been accomplished in that direction. In the same manner, Allah the Almighty shows justice and mercy by refusing to punish those with ill intentions that have not been perpetrated.
“Those who have been listed for the Haj pilgrimage this year should not be too disappointed or saddened; their good intentions have already been marked by Allah the Almighty, to be rewarded accordingly.
“The deferment is due to safety reasons. Safety should never be compromised; it must be safeguarded and maintained, and all that is unsafe must be avoided.”
His Majesty concluded the titah by saying, “My family and I take this opportunity to send our Hari Raya Aidiladha greetings to the Muslim citizens and residents of this country. May we always be under the protection of Allah the Almighty.”