HM birthday: Khatam Al-Quran event lined up

HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, delivers his `sabda' at the meeting of National Committee for His Majesty's 65th birthday celebrations. Picture: BT/Saifulizam

THIS year's birthday celebrations for His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has a Khatam Al-Quran event lined up that His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al- Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, had commended for its religious significance and rewards.

In his sabda during the convening of the National Committee for His Majesty's 65th birthday celebrations yesterday, His Royal Highness said that the activities, which will include members of the Mukim and Village Consultative Councils in the respective districts, was one of the "new and very significant events, not only to extend thanks to Allah (SWT), but also a religious charity that brings many rewards". Especially when it is held in conjunction with His Majesty's 65th birthday and in the month of Syaaban, he added.

The crown prince extended his appreciation to the Ministry of Home Affairs for coordinating with all the agencies concerned to implement all the events and activities which have been arranged for the celebration.

"Such efforts should be enhanced for more lively celebrations this year, (to) meet the expectations and aspirations to fit appropriately with the month of Syaaban and Ramadhan."

In this light, His Royal Highness reminded, the provisions are provided under the intention that it is to be used in a "prudent and orderly" manner and not to waste, whilst remaining in compliance with financial regulations.

With all the matters considered, and the "strong spirit of cooperation among all members of this committee," His Royal Highness expressed his confidence in the celebrations bringing together the people of the country "regardless of race, ethnicity and religion".

The crown prince had also expressed his "sincere appreciation and gratitude to all members of the committee, the private sector and all citizens and residents," for banding together to celebrate the monarch's birthday collectively. He said it clearly reflects the traditional Brunei society, voluntarily established by the practice of mutual cooperation. The Brunei Times

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