Dikir competition enlivens royal birthday celebration

Daniel Lim

Jauharatul Qasri emerged as the victor with an overall score of 91 per cent during the Dikir Syarafil Anam Competition finals at Tudong Saji in Kuala Belait on Sunday.

Second place went to Al-Muflihun (90 per cent), and Kampong Sungai Liang Mosque snatched third place, followed by Mohammad Jamalul Alam Mosque and Hilawatul Qolbi.

The competition was held in conjunction with the 75th birthday celebration 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.

A total of 10 teams competed in the finals: Jauharatul Qasri, Al-Muflihun, Kampong Sungai Liang Mosque, Mohammad Jamalul Alam Mosque, Hilawatul Qolbi, Kampong Pandan Mosque, Az-Zahrah Kampong Labi, As-Syuhada, Pekan Seria Mosque Muslimah Group and Al-Faezin Pandan ‘B’.

The teams were assessed by a panel of judges on song (40 per cent), fasahah (40 per cent) and voice (20 per cent), constituting their overall score.

Belait District Head of Religious Officer Mohamad Aliyani bin Ismail witnessed the finals, accompanied by Mosque Affairs Officer Akup bin Haji Lamat.

The competition was organised by the Belait District Mosque Affairs in collaboration with the Muhammad Jamalul Alam Mosque Takmir Committee and Kampong Pandan ‘B’ Village Consultative Council.

ABOVE & BELOW: Belait District Head of Religious Officer Mohamad Aliyani bin Ismail presents prizes to the top three winners of the finals. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show participating teams competing at the event