Seize the benefits of Ramadhan, His Majesty tells Muslims

Hakim Hayat

Despite ushering in the holy month of Ramadhan in different circumstances this year amid the COVID-19 outbreak, 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 in a titah said Muslims should continue to seize the benefits of the fasting month by intensifying prayers to Allah the Almighty, to free us all of
the pandemic.

In his address to the nation that was broadcast on Radio Television Brunei (RTB) from Istana Nurul Iman last evening, His Majesty also said the Sunnat Aidilfitri prayers will be forced to be cancelled, and so is the tradition of visiting friends and relatives to avoid any risks of COVID-19.

His Majesty said the current situation should not prevent Muslims from fasting and also said that it will allow us to reflect on virtues of patience and wisdom.

“This is not just felt in Brunei, in fact everywhere around the world. For a while, we are forced to postpone our presence in mosques, suraus and religious halls to perform the Friday prayers and congregational prayers. This is all done to prevent the risk of COVID-19 infection.”

His Majesty added that with Allah the Almighty’s will, the virus is seen to have been contained effectively.

This, the monarch believes, is because of the nation’s concerted prevention measures and prayers that are practised.

The holy month of Ramadhan is when Muslims typically glorify mosques, suraus and religious halls with the mass Sunnat Tarawikh prayers. But His Majesty said if the situation is still not permitting for gatherings, there are still other ways to perform Sunnat Tarawikh prayers with families at home.

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 the titah. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

The same thing can be done for the Tedarus Al-Quran, His Majesty said, adding that we are not short of ways to perform them to seize bounties of the holy month.

His Majesty also stressed that COVID-19 should not disrupt Muslims from fasting if they are healthy.

“Ramadhan only comes once a year and one particular evening in the holy month, called the ‘Al-Qadar’, is better than 1,000 months, which means that worship during this time will allow us to attain bounties of more than 1,000 months. This is why we should be determined to seize them,” added the monarch.

Following Ramadhan, the month of Syawal will be the month to rejoice during Hari Raya Aidilfitri which is usually celebrated with joy.

As Sunnat Aidilfitri prayers will be forced to be cancelled and the tradition of visiting forbidden, His Majesty said we should be patient in facing this situation by considering that all that is happening has its own wisdom from Allah the Almighty.

His Majesty added that apart from patience, we are also obliged to make efforts in any methods, such as taking precautionary measures and the likes of it.

As Muslims, His Majesty said we also have our own advantages, which is the encouragement of prayers when facing calamities.

“Let us do it (pray), especially in the holy month of Ramadhan where the prayers of those who are fasting are powerful.”

His Majesty touched on the prayer in Qunut Nazilah that is read in the Friday prayers, where His Majesty said it should be continued despite us not being able to perform the Friday prayers amid the closure of mosques.

The monarch said that it should also be carried out at home, whether in a congregation with families or individually during the daily prayers.

His Majesty added that the Qunut Nazilah can be read according to our abilities such as during the Subuh or Maghrib prayers, without it being read in all daily prayer times.

“What is important is for it to be read continuously, while waiting for mosques, suraus and religious halls to reopen,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty urged the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) to take the lead in providing a simple Qunut prayer guide for public use.

His Majesty urged Muslims all over the world to seize opportunities in the holy month by intensifying prayers so we can be swiftly be freed of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic.