Some 400 congregants participated in an Al-Quran appreciation event organised by the Takmir committee of the Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Sungai Akar on Thursday.
The gathering was aimed at supporting the aspirations of a Zikir Nation and held to coincide with World #QuranHour, a worldwide campaign to encourage Muslims to engage in Al-Quran through reading, comprehension and practice.
Present were Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism and Patron 1 of the Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Mosque Takmir committee of Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Patron 2 of the Takmir committee Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
Also present was Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof.
Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim also attended.
Mosque Affair Officer Haji Julazni bin Haji Zaini was onhand to recite Surah Al-Mulk, while lecturer at the Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Dr Kamaru Salam bin Yusof and former lecturer at UNISSA Dr Widad binti Abdul Aziz delivered the tadabbur. The event continued with the breaking of fast and mass Maghrib prayer.
Earlier, there was a 75-time Khatam Al-Quran ceremony to mark the 75th birth anniversary of 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.