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03.04.19 Isra' Mi'raj Celebration

The National Isra' Mi'raj celebration of 1440 Hijrah carries the theme, 'Sembahyang Membentuk Umat Bertaqwa', literally meaning, "Prayer Shapes a Pious Ummah". The celebration is an expression of gratitude to Allah the Almighty for the blessings and rewards that has elevated Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam with the great miracle of the Isra' Mi'raj, the night journey of the Messenger of Allah from Makkah Al-Mukaramah to Baitulmaqdis and to the Heavenly Sky during which Allah also decreed for Muslims to perform the five daily prayers.  His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam graced the event at the ICC in Berakas yesterday morning.

Upon arrival His Majesty was welcomed by:

- Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua Adat Istiadat Negara;
- Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as theChairman of the Executive Committee for Major Religious Events of 1440 Hijrah;
- Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office;
- Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education;
- Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti; and
- Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar; Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's son and brothers;

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
- His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; and
- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah.

The verse of Al-Mu'minun of the Quran was read by Pengiran Muhd Amirul Aiman bin Pengiran Haji Marjuki, Education Officer at Hassanan Bolkiah Boys Arabic Secondary School. The Surah or verse describes 7 characteristics that bring success and deliverance in the world and in the Hereafter. They include total faith in Allah the Almighty, performing prayers with sincerity and total submission to Allah.

In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Religious Affairs touched on the implementation of the National Education policy that covers Islamic religious education and schooling to ensure that Islam is taught and learnt properly and propagated in a wise and courteous way. 

The Isra' Mi'raj celebration was enlivened further with a drama performance on Exemplary Stories in Islam by students of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School. Titled the "Love of Allah", the act stressed the importance of praying and respecting one's parents. It taught about praying early and the effects of not praying.   

The mass recital of Sayyidul Istighfar was led by the students of the Youth Al-Quran Reading Scheme with the combined students of the Islamic Studies Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Schools Department of the Ministry of Education. 

To invoke blessings for the ceremony, the Doa Selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

It is part of the country's tradition to celebrate the Isra' Mi'raj with religious activities or events which signify the greatness of Islam's eminence. The Isra' Mi'raj of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam which took on the 27th of Rejab more than one thousand four hundred years ago was both a test and miracle that proved the greatness and mightiness of Allah the Almighty. It also gives many lessons, reminders and guidance for life in this world and in the Hereafter.

His Majesty's presence at the event was very meaningful and displayed the strong commitment and support of His Majesty's government to the propagation of Islam as the country's official religion.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
Photo courtesy of InfoFoto