His Majesty calls for modest Raya celebrations

Hakim Hayat

Despite being blessed with Allah the Almighty’s protection that allows us to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year with joy, 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 reminded his subjects to adhere to health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Delivering the titah from Istana Nurul Iman yesterday evening on the occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, His Majesty also highlighted health and safety should not be neglected during the festive season, including road users. “Vigilant steps and obeying law and regulations are required,” he said.

His Majesty said that the arrival of Syawal is cherished by all Muslims because it is a valuable gift from Allah the Almighty to His servants after successfully performing the fast. “Let us welcome it with the Takbir and Tahmid to glorify Allah the Almighty.”

“One of the blessings bestowed upon Brunei,” His Majesty said, “is a safe environment, which permits us to perform mass Sunnat Tarawikh prayers and Tedarus Al-Quran in mosques, suraus and religious halls this year,” adding that “on the first of Syawal, we will visit the house of Allah to perform the Sunnat Aidilfitri prayer”.

In the current pandemic situation, His Majesty urged for the mindfulness of the common good when house visiting during the festivities.

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 delivers his titah. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

“This year’s Hari Raya is better celebrated modestly and not on a large scale,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty also said the festive season is not an excuse for government officials to ease roles and responsibilities. “Working diligently and persistently is one form of veneration demanded by the religion. With that, do not neglect it by leading with emotions,” His Majesty said.

The monarch noted that it is common to see offices empty or nearly empty every year because officers and staff are out celebrating Hari Raya during working hours, which he said is an untoward habit that should be kicked or risk harming the culture as a whole.

In concluding the titah, His Majesty and his family extended Hari Raya Aidilfitri wishes to citizens and residents and prayed that all will receive guidance and protection from Allah the Almighty.