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Knowledge has no boundaries, says Sultan

The Knowledge Convention remains a relevant source of knowledge and information for all levels of society, and this year’s theme, ‘Munajat Senegara Dengan Taubat’ (‘Nationwide Munajat With Repentance’), aligns with the fact that knowledge has no boundaries.

This was said by 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 during the opening of the Knowledge Convention 2023 at the International Convention Centre yesterday.

His Majesty said it is the obligation of every ummah who has committed a sin to repent to Allah the Almighty immediately, adding that repentance goes beyond regretting past sins, seeking forgiveness and vowing to not do it again; it is through repentance that catastrophes can be avoided.

His Majesty also touched on other benefits of repentance such as continuous blessings and peace of mind, which are “promised by Allah the Almighty, as stated in Al-Quran”.

The monarch noted the reading of Al-Quran, reciting Zikir, performing Selawat and holding weekly Munajat night as traditions that have been passed down as “our own ways to self-reflect in the presence of challenges or calamities”.

Meanwhile, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Co-Chairperson of the Knowledge Convention 2023 Steering Committee, said like previous events, the convention continues to focus on well-being, security and health.

He said this year’s theme serves to encourage the ummah to supplicate and seek assistance from Allah the Almighty amid challenges that affect their well-being and health.

The minister noted that the practice of getting closer to Allah the Almighty is not foreign to the people of Brunei Darussalam; in fact, he added, it has been the way of life in the Sultanate for centuries. – Azlan Othman

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 Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam during Knowledge Convention 2023; and His Majesty, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman tour the exhibition. PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
ABOVE & BELOW: His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen at the Knowledge Convention 2023. PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
ABOVE & BELOW: His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah binti Dato Haji Nasir tour the exhibition. PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
ABOVE & BELOW: Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI
PHOTO: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA & MUIZ MATDANI

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