The opening of Dikir Maulud for 1444 Hijrah was held at mosques, suraus, and religious halls nationwide yesterday to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The events included mass Maghrib and Isyak prayers, the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, Dikir Assalamualaika and Dikir Syarafil Anam, and Dikir Marhaban.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs held the ceremony at Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque.
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.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and its departments held the ceremony at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah was the guest of honour.
Also present were Acting Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Sufian bin Haji Sabtu; Deputy Minister (Civil Service Governance) at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Paduka Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohamed Yunos; heads of departments; officers; and staff at the PMO.
The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) also held ceremonies at Pulau Baru-Baru Mosque and all RBAF suraus.
Permanent Secretary (Development, Maintenance and Technology) at the MinDef Colonel (Rtd) Haji Mohammad Norfahssin bin Haji Abdul Karim attended the main event at Surau Ad-Difa’.
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) conducted the ceremony at RB Campus, attended by Acting Chief Executive Officer Sabirin bin Haji Abdul Hamid alongside RB management and staff.