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Intensify religious practices during Rejab for COVID protection

Azlan Othman

Muslims were urged to intensify religious practices in the Islamic month of Rejab as a shield to protect from the COVID-19 pandemic during a Munajat night organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) on Saturday night.

Speaking at the Munajat, Lecturer at Usuluddin Faculty at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Haji Mohd Khairul Nazif bin Haji Damit called on the Muslim Ummah to get back to basics, such as performing daily prayers, ordered during the historic Israk and Mikraj event that occurred in the month of Rejab.

He also called to increase giving of alms, following the example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and intensifying supplication to get rid of COVID-19.

“And if we get infected by COVID-19, we must remember that it is part of the plan of Allah the Almighty. We must avoid blaming others,“ he said.

The weekly religious gathering saw the participation of the workforce from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and held at 61 selected mosques in Brunei-Muara District as well as transmitted virtually.

The event began with the reading of Sayyidul Istighfar and Surah Al-Fatihah led by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, along with senior officers from the PMO and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

It was followed by the recitation of Surah Yaasiin led by education officer at Islamic Studies Department of MoRA Pengiran Muhd Amirul Aiman bin Pengiran Haji Marjuki.

Doa Munajat to seek forgiveness from Allah the Almighty and protection against COVID-19 was read by Syariah High Court Judge Dato Seri Setia Haji Johar bin Haji Mohamad.

The Munajat night continued with the recitation of Asmaa Ul-Husna and Selawat led by Bilal of RBPF surau PC 6569 Mohammad Zulhairi bin Omarali. He was joined by police recruits, congregants and youth stationed at the police surau in Gadong.

The religious gathering ended with Doa Peliharakan Sultan and Negara Brunei Darussalam read by Tutong mosque affairs officer Aidil Sofian bin Haji Mohd Yassin.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud and attendees of Munajat night. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN


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