Daniel Lim, Adib Noor and Azlan Othman
As part of the annual preparations for the month of Ramadhan, youth groups from mosques across the Sultanate conducted cleaning campaigns at Muslim cemeteries yesterday.
In Belait District, the campaign was held at the Anduki Muslim Cemetery by the Youth Group of STKRJ Lorong Tiga Selatan Mosque, Seria. The group cleared overgrown vegetation and paid respect to the deceased.
The campaign also served to raise awareness on the importance of keeping the environment clean, while forging ties among the youth and local community. Mosque Affairs Officer in Belait District Haji Haslan bin Haji Shahbudin was the guest of honour.
A campaign was also held in Tutong District, conducted by the youth group from Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Wakeel Mosque, Kiudang at the Muslim cemetery at Pengkalan Mau, Mukim Kiudang. Mosque Affairs Officer in Tutong District Haji Md Aidil Sufian bin Mohd Yassin participated.
Cleaning campaigns were also held by other local organisations yesterday. Members of the Kampong Jerudong ‘A’ Village Consultative Council (MPK Jerudong ‘A’) held a cleaning campaign at the Bukit Bunga Muslim Cemetery in Jerudong. Acting Village Head of Kampong Jerudong ‘A’ Haji Khairul Azmi bin Haji Lakat led the campaign.
Villagers of Kampong Jerudong as well as personnel from the Sengkurong police station and representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports also participated.
The cleaning campaign concluded with the recitation of Tahlil and Doa Arwah led by Bilal of Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque Mohd Hairol bin Haji Sani.
Meanwhile, the MPK of Kampong Tanjung Bunut and members of Ar-Rahman Mosque took part in a cemetery cleaning at Sepayau Muslim Cemetery.
The volunteers started the annual activity at 8am and cleanead the cemetery using leaf blowers and other tools.
Acting Village Head of Kampong Tanjung Bunut Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Jumat led the volunteers, made up of residents of Kampong Tanjung Bunut and their families.
Meanwhile residents of Kampong Jangsak cleaned the Tekuyung Muslim Cemetery in a community project led by Kamid bin Haji Hashim.
With Ramadhan less than a week away, various activities are held in the form of communal and charitable activities, including the cleaning of Muslim cemeteries and paying respect to those who have departed through the recitation of Tahlil and Doa Arwah.