Middle Eastern feel at Mawlid Fest

Azlan Othman

More than 40 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are taking part in a Mawlid Fest, which opened yesterday at the The Airport Mall in Berakas.

Co-hosted by the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI) under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and Sparks Co Sdn Bhd, the four-day event offers food, crafts, exotic perfumes and clothing, as well as a range of activities, within a Middle Eastern theme.

The festival was launched by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

The ceremony also witnessed the minister presenting a BND2,828 cheque for the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) to Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak in her capacity as Acting Managing Director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

Also present 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 and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang.

Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman takes a closer look at an array of items on offer. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Meanwhile, Sparks Co Sdn Bhd Executive Officer Haji Muhammad Safwan bin Haji Mohamad said, “This Mawlid Fest is enhanced by the participation of more than 40 local entrepreneurs, including single mothers and Muslim converts.”

PDI Director and event co-chairman Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohd Salleh said, “The festival is meant to glorify the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and serve as a propagation platform through religious activities.

“The festival is also providing eight Muslim converts with the opportunity to engage in small businesses under the Muallaf Development Programme.”

The bazaar is open from 10am to 10pm until November 15, except for today, with the opening hours being 2-10pm.