Virtual religious event amid pandemic

Azlan Othman

In efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country and around the world, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) on Saturday evening held a ‘Munajat’ (Zikir prayer seeking forgiveness from Allah the Almighty) for officers and staff as well as the public at their residences.

Some 1,500 individuals from the MoRA workforce, the public and their family members joined the religious activity.

The event was an initiative of the MoRA for Ummah to seek forgiveness from Allah the Almighty via Munajat, Istighfar, Zikir (remembrance of Allah) and recite prayers for the nation to be safe from calamities and dangerous diseases such as COVID-19.

The Munajat began with Sayyidul Istighfar and recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

It was followed by the recitation of Surah Yaasiin led by a student from Hassanal Bolkiah Boys Arabic Secondary School Abdul Aziz bin Haji Nasran and Doa Yaasiin by Mosque Youth from Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque Awangku Md ‘Ashim ‘Afiif bin Pengiran Haji Md Zin.

Participants at the virtual Munajat. PHOTO: MORA

Mass Zikir Istighfar and Taubah was led by a student of Al-Quran reading scheme for Youths at the Islamic Studies Department Muhammad Rizmee Saufi Shahadat bin Abdul Mu’izz Zul Azmi.

Doa against COVID-19 was read by a student of Al-Quran Studies at Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan Muhammad Nur Asymawi bin Asli, and Doa Peliharakan Sultan dan Negara Brunei Darussalam by a student at Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muhammad Azib bin Muhammad Azim.

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim, Deputy Permanent Secretary Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, directors, senior officers, officers, teachers and staff at the MoRA also joined the event.

The ceremony began with Maghrib, Sunnat Taubat prayers, Doa, Sunnat Hajat prayers and Doa at the participants’ residences.