8th Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute Graduation Ceremony

Prime Minister's Office in a sabda stresses that the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute and the Ministry of Religious Affairs should continuously conduct and increase motivator plans and programmes to teach and improve Al-Quran reading and memorising skills at the lowest level and also target the higher level.

His Royal Highness adds this will definitely provide useful exposure for the graduates to be more far sighted towards exploring greater opportunities in developing and sharing their knowledge. Delivering the sabda during the 8th Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute Graduation Ceremony yesterday morning, His Royal Highness also expresses the hope that whatever has been learnt at the institute will continue to be developed, propagated and practised so that the benefits can be enjoyed by the general community too, especially in relation to His Majesty's determination and intention to produce an Al-Quran Literate Generation that is literate in all aspects of Al-Quran knowledge. The ceremony took place at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

Upon arriving, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs as the Chairman of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute Board, as well as the Executive Commmitee and Working Committee of the 8th Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute Graduation Ceremony. Also gracing the event was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

A memorisation of verses from Surah Ibrahim by Awang Abdul Haziq Syarafuddin bin Abdul Habib, 'Aliyah Qira'at Diploma graduate explained that because of the strong faith and loyalty of Prophet Ibrahim Alaihisalam and his family, Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala bestowed Makkah Al-Mukarammah rizqi or sustenance. (0'30)

In a welcoming speech, the Minister of Religious Affairs among other things said that the institute's accomplishments should become an encouragement towards opening bigger opportunities for success in the careers of the institute's graduates. Yang Berhormat said the Institute's leadership should not merely be satisfied with the excellent achievement. Instead it should spur towards opening wider short or long term career opportunities for the graduates. This includes reviewing the course contents for the students to acquire other skills other than memorising Al-Quran as well as Al-Quran and Religious knowledge. This is very challenging but it is a vital and appropriate measure.

In the sabda, His Royal Highness says in conjunction with a decade of the A'aliyah Qiraat Diploma, the country is grateful for the biggest number of graduates to date which is 39. The number of the Tahfiz graduates now stands at 153.

On the aspiration of His Majesty Sutlan and Yang Di- Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to build an Al-Quran Generation, His Royal Highness in the sabda says that it means producing the most ideal of Al-Quran Literate Generation.

His Royal Highness also touches on a titah of His Majesty that expresses strong determination for Brunei Darussalam to become a Zikir Nation and 'Baldatun Tayyibatun Warabbun Ghafur in the development of the nation and life.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then presented the 'Aliyah Qira'at Diplomas to 39 graduates. 22 graduates achieved Mumtaz or Excellent grade, 13 obtained Jayyid Jiddan or Very Good ad another four received Jayyid or Good grades.

The conferment of the 'Aliyah Qira'at Al-Quran Diplomas to the graduates is a recognition of their success in the Memorisation of Al-Quran and Qiraat Knowledge. The four years of study is aimed at producing more human resource or capital who not only memorise Al-Quran but are also skilled in other branches of Al-Quran knowledge, especially the Qiraat. The graduates were also taught various modules including the Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB and Dirasah Islamiah namely fiqh, tafsir hadiths, Arabic and Malay Language.

The blessed ceremony was a fruition of continuous effort by the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in exalting Al-Quran Education in the country.

The graduation was further enlivened with the call of Takbir, Tahmid and Salawat by students of the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al- Quran Institute.

Doa Selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Salim bin Haji Besar.

The country's emphasis on Al-Quran is among the biggest contributors towards realising the noble desire to make Brunei Darussalam a Zikir nation.

The presence of His Royal Highness reflected a strong commitment in upholding and supporting His Majesty's vision to elevate Al-Quran Education in Brunei Darussalam to the highest level, especially in the field of Al-Quran Memorisation.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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