The audience and junjung ziarah ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman is a yearly tradition for the country's intending haj pilgrims before leaving for the holy land to perform the haj. At the function, special treatment was given to the intending haj pilgrims such as lunch, and they were also presented with prayer wear as well as clothing for ihram. The event was went smoothly and in an orderly manner thanks to the cooperation from all parties including the intending haj pilgrims.
Intending haj pilgrims arrived at Istana Nurul Iman at 10 in the morning for registration, and they were provided with shuttle buses to bring them to Istana. This year's intending haj pilgrims are using haj packages provided by four haj operator companies namely Darussalam Holdings Sendirian Berhad; Straits Central Agencies Brunei Sendirian Berhad; At Taqwa Travel Tours Sendirian Berhad; and Raudah Al Amin Sendirian Berhad.
After registration, the intending haj pilgrims were served with various dishes for lunch.
Prior to the audience and junjung ziarah ceremony, the intending haj pilgrims performed the mass Fardhu Zuhur and Sunat Hajat prayers.
While waiting for their turn to junjung ziarah, the intending haj pilgrims were placed at a special comfortable room.
In caring for the intending haj pilgrim's health and welfare, the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is sending 20 medical officers comprising 5 doctors and 14 nurses as well as 5 haj officers to the holy land. Some of them have left earlier to make preparation in the holy land. This includes preparing medical equipment and medicines as well as outpatient and emergency pharmacy services.
The government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam cares deeply for the welfare and well-being of the country's citizens and residents including new converts, by providing haj fares to them as well as prayerwear and clothing for ihram.
Source: Radio Television Brunei