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The Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Mosque (MRSB) in Kampong Sungai Akar and former students of sixth form centre (PTE) Classic Jalan Muara yesterday held Khatam Al-Quran ceremonies in conjunction with the 76th birthday celebration of 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.
The ceremony in Kampong Sungai Akar, organised by the mosque’s takmir committee, also marked the completion of 76 times Khatam for mosque congregants and village residents.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman was the guest of honour. The 76 times Khatam Al-Quran was joined by some 300 participants, comprising 200 male and 100 female mosque congregants and village residents.
Also present were Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Tashim bin Pengiran Haji Hassan; Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim; and co-patron of MRSB Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong.
Meanwhile, former students of PTE Classic Jalan Muara, Class of 1975 to 1978 held a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony at Suri Seri Begawan Raja Pengiran Anak Damit Mosque in Kampong Manggis Madang.
The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, who is also co-patron of the mosque and a PTE Classic Jalan Muara alumnus.
The ceremony ended with the recitation of Selawat Tafrijiyyah led by Mosque Affairs Officer Nuzli bin Haji Jumat, and Doa Peliharakan Sultan dan Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Among those in attendance were Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and 150 former students of PTE Classic Jalan Muara, Class of 1975 to 1978.