Every 12th of Rabiulawal, Muslims all over the world commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. Starting tonight, all mosques, suraus and religious halls throughout the country resounded with the Dikir Syarafil Anam marking the start of the Maulidur Rasul celebration. The opening of the 12 consecutive nights of Dikir Syarafil Anam Ceremony in conjunction with the celebration was held this evening at the Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampung Kiarong.
The function began with the mass reading of Surah al-Fatihah by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs. The ceremony then proceeded with the Dikir Assalamu'alaika, Khairuman, Alhamdulillah and Ashraqal by employees of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, members of Dikir Groups. Also present was Dato Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof ; Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Awang Roslan bin Haji Taja'ah, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Source: Radio Television Brunei