The highlight of the National Nuzul Al-Quran celebration was the presentation of prizes to the winners of the National Finals of Al-Quran Memorising and Understanding Competition 1439 Hijrah. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to present the prizes to the respective winners.
Upon arriving at the International Convention Centre, 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 Adat of Istiadat Negara; 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 as the Chairman Of The Major Islamic Events Celebrations For 1439 Hijrah Executive Committee; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Dr. Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, the Second Minister of Finance; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti; Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; Dato Paduka Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, the Deputy Minister of Finance, as well as other members of the Executive Committee.
Also gracing the event were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office,
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.
The function commenced with the reading 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.
In his welcoming address, the Minister of Religious Affairs among other matters touched on the celebration's theme "Al-Quran Sumber Kepimpinan Adil" - explaining that in Al-Quran, a Just Leadership originates from various sources which include guidance from Allah the Almighty or Aqwam. Yang Berhormat also highlighted the increasing number of entries this year.
In Islam, the core of leadership of development is based on two main pillars, namely strength and honesty or trustworthiness. Yang Arif, Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Tasim bin Pengiran Haji Hassan, the Shari'ah High Court Judge, in a special talk titled "Al Quran Sumber Kepimpinan Adil" or "Al-Quran, the Source of Just Leadership" stressed the two basic pillars complement one another in building the identity or character of a great and just leader.
The event was further enlivened by the performance of the five best participants in the National Finals of Al-Quran Memorising and Understanding Competition. In 'A' Category of the Memorising and Understanding of Selected Verses from the 30th Chapter for participants aged 11 and below, the winner was Dayang Ezyan Adibah binti Awang Mohd Hanafi.
'B' Category for participants aged 17 and below was won by Dayang Nur Najihah binti Alias.
Awang Julazni bin Haji Zaini won the 'C' Category of Memorising and Understanding of 3 Chapters of Al-Quran which was opened to all age groups.
'D' Category of Memorising 15 Chapters of Al-Quran and Understanding of the 12th Chapter for all age groups was won by Dayang Salwa binti Haji Ibrahim.
Awang Abdul Aziz bin Noor Nasran won the 'E' Category of Memorising 30 Chapters of Al-Quran and Understanding of the 23rd Chapter which was also opened to all age groups.
His Majesty consented to present the prizes to the respective winners. The champion in the National finals of Al-Quran Memorising and Understanding of 'A' Category received 1,500 dollars, an Umrah Package costing 4,500 dollars sponsored by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company (BSP), a digital Al-Quran sponsored by Brunei Shell Marketing Sendirian Berhad (BSM) as well as a Luminox watch sponsored by Brunei LNG (BLNG). The 'B' Category champion received two thousand dollars, an Umrah Package costing 4,500 dollars from BSP, a digital Al-Quran sponsored by BSM, and a Luminox watch from BLNG. The 'C' Category winner received two thousand and eight hundred dollars, a 4,500 dollar Umrah Package sponsored by BSP, a digital Al-Quran from BSM, and a Luminox watch from BLNG. The 'D' Category champion received three thousand and five hundred dollars, 4,500 dollar Umrah Package from BSP, a digital Al-Quran sponsored by BSM and a Luminox watch sponsored by BLNG. The 'E' Category winner received five thousand dollars, 4,500 dollar Umrah Package from BSP, digital Al-Quran from BSM as well as a Luminox watch sponsored by BLNG. The winners also received accompanying trophies and certificates.
To bless the ceremony, the Doa Selamat was read by the State Mufti.
The National Nuzul Al-Quran Celebration was jointly organised by the Royal Customs and Excise Department, the Ministry of Finance and Brunei Shell Petroleum Company, BSP and its subsidiaries, the BSM, BLNG and Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad. His Majesty's Government through the Ministry of Religious Affairs continues efforts to improve the learning Al-Quran and will make further studies to ensure Al-Quran will always be the guiding light in the lives of the country's citizens and residents.
Source: Radio Television Brunei