By Azaraimy HH & Azrol Azmi
Citizens congregated at Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque for mass Isyak and terawikh prayers last night to commemorate the 40th anniversary of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's accession to the throne. Among those present were cabinet ministers, dignitaries, government officers and staff as well as the public.
The event included Isyak and terawikh prayers and mass Witir, recital of Surah Yaasin and special thanksgiving prayers in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne.
Similar events were also held in mosques, suraus and religious halls across the country with the focal point at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital.
At the SOAS Mosque last night, the Azan (call to prayer) for the Isyak prayer was aired by Mudim Haji Awang Ahmad Kasra bin Haji Ibrahim, while the mass Isyak prayer was led by Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal, Syar'ie Chief Judge.
The terawikh and witir prayers were led by Haji Awang Mohd Sujairi bin Hj Dullah, Mosques Affairs Officer.
The recital of Surah Yassin was led by Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Acting Minister of Religious Affairs, and the recital of the special thanksgiving doa was read by Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, State Mufti.
The event marked a thanksgiving by the citizens and residents of the country on the 40th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne.
Meanwhile, today Jumaat prayer will start at 11am with the reading of the Surah al-Kahfi, followed by the 'Hajat' prayers before the reading of the doa selamat.
The main congregation of the event will be at the Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Kiarong.
The event will also be held simultaneously at all mosques, suraus and prayer halls in the country.
Another event to commemorate the anniversary will be held on the same doa today at Istana Nurul Iman.
This event that will start at 9pm will be the Khatam al-Quran for a group of 40 selected readers who have completed the reading of the entire al-Quran verses.
- Borneo Bulletin
(5th Oct 2007)