Sermon highlights patience, perseverance in facing COVID-19

Azlan Othman

Although COVID-19 changed the way Muslims in the Sultanate celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, joy and excitement of the festive celebration are still in the air.

Harmonious family ties could be seen when families performed the Sunnat Aidilfitri prayers at home on Sunday morning.

Performing the Sunnat Aidilfitri prayers was made easier with the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Government Printing Department providing a guidebook on the Sunnat Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayer and the Hari Raya Aidilfitri sermon text.

The sermon underlined that this year’s Hari Raya celebration is unlike the previous years, but in a state of anxiety and worry about the COVID-19 outbreak. However, there is wisdom in it. Mankind would not be spared any test and conviction, the only difference is the weight of the test and the presumption that came upon it.

Muslims must face the test with perseverance, calmness and most importantly, patience.

The sermon text stated that with the guidance of Allah the Almighty, Brunei Darussalam with integrated prevention efforts will be able to effectively control the spread of the pandemic.

The people must remain vigilant, maintain cleanliness and control movement, especially
in public.

The sermon highlighted the wisdom behind this COVID-19 outbreak. Despite the pandemic, the family relationship has become stronger and closer.

Sunnat Aidilfitri prayers and the Hari Raya Aidilfitri sermon took place at home as mosques are closed during COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN