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The Dikir Maulud ceremony in conjunction with Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birth anniversary celebration was held at all mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide starting last night with the main focus at Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque. The Dikir Maulud will be held for 12 nights.
The delegation from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) held the opening of the Dikir Maulud ceremony at the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital last night, where Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman was the guest of honour.
The ceremony also saw religious talks held on the benefits of Selawat by Religious Officer at the Islamic Da’wah Centre Mohd Nasyith bin Superi.
Dikir Assalamualaika was later led by the Dikir and youth groups of Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Dikir Bisyahrin was led by Dikir group from Kampong Subok and Kampong Belimbing.
Meanwhile, Dikir Alhamdulillah was led by the Scouts Association of Kampong Burong Pingai Berakas. It was later followed by the presentation of Dikir Asyraqal by the Islamic Education Department of the MoRA.
The Doa Dikir was read by Begawan Mudim Haji Metassim bin Haji Metussin while Doa Allah Peliharakan Sultan dan Brunei Darussalam was read by Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Emran bin Haji Kunchang.
Also present last night were Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious) at the MoRA Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang and officers and staff.
At the Suri Seri Begawan Raja Pengiran Anak Damit Mosque, Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong in his capacity as the Advisor of the mosque’s Takmir committee held the opening of the 12 nightly Dikir ceremonies.
Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar recited Surah Al-Fatihah before starting the Dikir Assalamualaika. Imam Nuzli bin Haji Jumat led the mass Maghrib prayer and Bilal Razman bin Haji Ramlee led the mass Isyak prayer.
Also present was Legislative Council member, Penghulu of Mukim Berakas ‘B’ and Acting Village Head of Kampong Manggis Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) also held the same ceremony to mark Maulidur Rasul at the Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Sungai Akar.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong was the guest of honour. Deputy permanent secretaries, department heads, senior officers, officers and staff at the MPRT as well as residents were present.
Imam Mohd Arif bin Haji Johari led the ceremony and recitation of Dikir Syarafil Anam. The ceremony then proceeded with Dikir Marhaban and Doa Allah Peliharakan Sultan dan Brunei Darussalam, before concluding with a mass Isyak prayer.
The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) held the opening ceremony for the Dikir Maulud celebration at the Surau Ad-Difa’ in Bolkiah Garrison yesterday.
Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof was the guest of honour.
Also present were RBAF Commander Major General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat, permanent secretary, Joint Force Commander, deputy permanent secretaries, directors, deputy commanders, commandants, senior officers, officers and staff of the MinDef and RBAF.
The mass Maghrib prayer and Dikir Syarafil Anam were led by Imam Shuib bin Haji Abdullah. The ceremony continued with mass Isyak prayer and ended with Dikir Marhaban and Doa.
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof attended the opening of the 12 nightly Dikir Maulud at the Brunei International Airport (BIA) Surau.
Acting Imam of the BIA Surau Mohammad Alihan bin Abusamah led the mass Maghrib and Isyak prayers. He also led the Dikir performances beginning with the Dikir Assalamualaika followed by Dikir Syarafil Anam and Dikir Asyraqal.
Also present were permanent secretary, deputy permanent secretaries, department heads, acting chief executives as well as officers and staff of MTIC.