Azlan Othman, Hakim Hayat, Izah Azahari, Rokiah Mahmud, Aziz Idris & James Kon
To ease the burden of the poor and destitute, especially ahead of Hari Raya celebration, the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) distributed BND1,957,580 in tithe collected last year to 3,130 heads of families and 10,776 dependents.
Sixty-four heads of families and 248 dependents received BND42,240 during a ceremony at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque yesterday.
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar as MUIB Vice President distributed the money.
A Khatam Al-Quran, Tahlil Doa Khatam and Doa Arwah were held earlier.
Prior to this, the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Tedarus group visited mosques nationwide to strengthen ties among the staff, villagers and Ummah.
A Tadabbur Al-Quran was presented by assistant lecturer at Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) Hilman bin Haji Saim.
Meanwhile, 200 orphans from Mukim Gadong ‘B’ and Mukim Berakas ‘A’ were given a lifeline in a donation and breaking of fast ceremony hosted by the Brunei-Muara District
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Salminan bin Haji Burut as the personal representative of Minister of Home Affairs was the guest of honour.
The event began with the recitation of Tahlil and Doa Arwah led by Acting Penghulu of Mukim Gadong ‘B’ and Village Head of RPN Lambak Kanan Zone 3 Haji Mahir bin Mohd Yusof.
The guest of honour handed over donations and gifts to the orphans.
In Kampong Jerudong, 33 orphans received donations during a ceremony at Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque on Sunday.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim was the guest of honour.
The event, which also featured a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony aimed at getting closer to Al-Quran, as well as enhance the relationship between members of Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque Takmir committee, Kampong Jerudong and Kampong Jerudong Village Consultative Council committee members.
Meanwhile, the Lifelong Learning Centre (L³ Centre) under the Ministry of Education and Brunei-United States Association (BUSA), in collaboration with Brunei Four Wheel Drive Association (BFWDA), organised a charity expedition as part of the initiative in sharing the blessings of Ramadhan.
Fourteen families were selected in Brunei-Muara District including Kampong Putat, Kampong Lupak Luas, Kampong Tarap Bau, Kampong Belimbing Subok, Kampong Kapok Kanan and Kampong Kiarong.
Leading the expedition were BUSA President Salimah binti Haji Saim, BFWDA President Haji Ibrahim bin Haji Damit and L³ Centre Acting Assistant Director Sumardi bin Haji Abdul Hamid, guided by Village Head of Kampung Putat Haji Jumat bin Akim.
Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Jeff Barrus also participated.
The families received groceries including rice, cooking oil, condiments, sugar, noodles, canned foods and biscuits.
Additionally, the Village Consultative Council (MPK) of Kampong Tanjung Bunut in collaboration with At-Rahman Mosque Takmir committee members presented donations to orphans from the community in a ceremony at the residence of Acting Village Head of Kampong Tanjung Bunut Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Jumat.
Advisor to MPK Tanjung Bunut Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Setia Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Kani presented the donations to nine orphans.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by Doa Arwah and Tahlil and concluded with the breaking of fast.
Meanwhile, SC Tubular Solutions (B) Sdn Bhd (SCTSB) provided assistance to an underprivileged family by improving their living conditions.
With support from the Community Development Department (JAPEM), SCTSB said Haji Osman bin Haji Duraman, who lives alone in Kampong Ayer and is in a dire state, needed immediate help.
SCTSB has been supporting the family since March by providing supplies and renovating the home, which amounted to BND3,500 including household essentials, furniture, appliances, repairs and maintenance.
The company said it is part of its corporate social responsibility to improve the living standards of the underprivileged.