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 joined congregants yesterday to perform Sunnat Aidiladha prayer at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampong Kiarong and also performed the sacrificial rites for His Majesty, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam and other members of the royal family.
Accompanying His Majesty were 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 other members of the royal family were greeted upon arrival 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, 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, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin as Co-Advisers of the Executive Committee of the Sacrificial Ceremony of Their Majesties and other members of the royal family to mark Hari Raya Aidiladha.
The Sunnat Aidiladha prayer was led by Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar while the two-part sermon was delivered by Mosque Officer at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Mustafa bin Haji Murat.
In the sacrificial ceremony held after the prayers, His Majesty performed the sacrificial slaughter of a goat in the compound of the mosque while the slaughtering of other animals in the sacrificial ceremony was held at PDS Abattoir Sdn Bhd Slaughtering House in Mukim Kiudang and at Syarikat Mohammed Norfaidzal bin Haji Zainuddin & Anak-Anak.
To bless the ceremony, Doa Selamat was read by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.
This year, some 180 cattle and 14 goats were slaughtered and the sacrificial meat was distributed to 16,660 recipients comprising the poor and the destitutes that are registered under Brunei Islamic Religious Council.
Other recipients include senior citizens and single mothers registered under the Community Development Department (JAPEM) of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The sacrificial meat was distributed to their place of residence by the council committee with the help of volunteers comprising mosque youth, youth involved in propagating Islam and youth registered under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as village consultative councils youth members.