His Majesty awards best Qari, Qariah

Aziz Idris

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 consented to grace the finale of the National Al-Quran Reading Competition for Adults 1442 Hijrah/2021 last night at the International Convention Centre (ICC).

His Majesty was greeted upon arrival by the Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman in his role as Chairman of the Major Islamic Events Celebration Executive Committee and Chairman of the National Al-Quran Reading Competition for Adults 1442 Hijrah/2021 Executive Committee; and other committee members.

Accompanying His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

The event began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

This was followed by welcoming remarks from the Minister of Religious Affairs. The event continued with His Majesty’s titah.

ABOVE & BELOW: 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 presents first prize to Mohd Zul-Hafiz bin Haji Tengah and Hajah Nurfaezah binti Haji Emran. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

ABOVE & BELOW: His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah at the event

In his welcoming remarks, the Minister of Religious Affairs said that this year’s competition carries the theme, ‘Al-Quran Asas dan Pemangkin Pembangunan Negara’ or loosely translated ‘Al-Quran is the Basis and Catalyst for National Development’.

“Thanks to the wise leadership of His Majesty, the Dakwah and appreciation of the teachings of Islam is implemented in line with the efforts to develop and advance the country in a balanced manner.

“This Insya Allah will always be preserved for the sake of national security and the welfare of the people who are blessed by Allah the Almighty,” he added.

Chairman of Judges Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohd Salleh announced the winners for the competition.

The champion Qari and Qariah of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Recitation Competition for Adults 1442 Hijrah/2021 were Mohd Zul-Hafiz bin Haji Tengah with a score of 92.83 and Hajah Nurfaezah binti Haji Emran with a score of 91.42.

In second place were Mohammad bin Ali with a score of 91.67 and Dayangku Fauziah Nadirah binti Pengiran Haji Jofri with 90.58 while in third place were Haji Nasrul Fikri bin Haji Yahya with 91.5 and Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki with 89.75.

The champions brought home a championship trophy, prize money of BND7,000, a challenge trophy, certificate and a Haj package.

Meanwhile, the first runners-up each received a prize money of BND5,000, a challenge trophy and certificate, while the second runners-up each received a prize money worth BND3,000, a challenge trophy and a certificate.

His Majesty then consented to present gifts to the champion Qari and Qariah, as well as the other participants, Musabaqah judges and the invited guest Qari judge.

The event concluded with the reading of Doa Selamat by the State Mufti.