His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddien Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddin Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday attended a Tahlil ceremony for His Majesty's late parents, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddin Sa'adul Khairi Waddien and Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit at the Royal Mausoleum.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted 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 of Adat Istiadat Negara, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs, and Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.
Also present were His Majesty's sons and brothers;
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince;
His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah;
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah;
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah;
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik;
And His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel.
Also in attendance were other members of the royal family.
The ceremony began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.
The reading of Tahlil, Doa Tahlil dan Doa Selamat was led by the State Mufti.
His Majesty then poured "air asah-asahan" or scented water on the tombs of His Majesty's late parents. Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien passed away on the 3rd of Muharram 1407 Hijrah corresponding to the 7th of September 1986. Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit passed away on the 20th of Syawal 1399 Hijrah corresponding to the 13th of September 1979.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince also poured "air asah-asahan" on the tombs of Al-Marhum and Al-Marhumah. This was followed by His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik, and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel.
Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien was crowned as the 28th Sultan of Brunei after Al-Marhum's older brother, Al-Marhum Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Akhazul Khairi Waddin passed away in 1950. Al-Marhum was a loving Monarch and far sighted. Al-Marhum is fondly known as the Architect of Modern Brunei for transforming the country into a developing nation. Among the most important events that occurred during Al-Marhum's reign was the establishment of the State Constitution, as well as policies on education, religion, security, communications and the welfare of the country's citizens and residents.
The ceremony was also attended by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Privy Council, Deputy Ministers, Pengiran-Pengiran Peranakan, Pehin-Pehin Manteri, Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang, Members of the Legislative Council, Permanent Secretaries and senior government officers.
Source: Radio Television Brunei