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Intending pilgrims grateful for chance to perform haj

Rokiah Mahmud

Some 1,035 intending pilgrims from Brunei Darussalam will leave the Sultanate for the haj beginning June 4. They attended a junjung ziarah at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

Azman bin Abdul Talib told the Bulletin that he and four family members will leave for the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah on June 5, the second of four flights from June 4 to 7. He said this will be his first haj and expressed hope the pilgrimage will go smoothly and safely. He is also grateful that he was shortlisted for the haj after the pilgrimage was postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mohd Azurin bin Haji Othman said he and his family had been applying for the haj since 2018 and is grateful they were selected for this year’s pilgrimage. He said they attended haj courses to learn about rituals and precautions to follow such as looking after their health, bringing medications and improving their stamina for the pilgrimage that will see millions gathered for the event.

Jorrani binti Haji Zainal, who will be performing the haj with her father Haji Zainal bin Taha, said they were selected in 2020 but the pilgrimage was postponed due to COVID-19. They were to join the pilgrimage last year but her father could not join due to age restrictions. With the lifting of restrictions this year, they can finally make the pilgrimage, she said.

Asmayatim binti Haji Metusin and spouse Ibrahim bin Haji Mohammad will leave the Sultanate on June 5. Asmayatim said apart from the usual preparations, they also read books on performing the haj to further their knowledge for the pilgrimage.

Mohammad bin Ali told the Bulletin that he hopes their journey will be smooth and the pilgrims are physically and mentally healthy for the pilgrimage.

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 and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office welcomed by Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials; and His Majesty and His Royal Highness meeting intending pilgrims. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR, MUIZ MATDANI & INFOFOTO

Azman bin Abdul Talib and his family
ABOVE & BELOW: Mohd Azurin bin Haji Othman and his family; Haji Zainal bin Taha and Jorrani binti Haji Zainal; Asmayatim binti Haji Metusin; and Mohammad bin Ali with other intending pilgrims

ABOVE & BELOW: Intending pilgrims receive gifts; and mass Zohor prayer before the ‘junjung ziarah’


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