From the exhibition gallery, His Majesty proceeded to the Surau and Herbal Garden of Balai Khazanah Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Balai Kenangan Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien Exhibition and Knowledge Convention 2019 Expo.
Balai Khazanah Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is equipped with a surau capable of accommodating up to 60 or 70 people. The surau has separate ablution and praying areas for men and women.
The Herbal Garden of Balai Khazanah Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah also attracted His Majesty's attention. 60 types or species of herbs are planted in the garden which has five fish ponds. All the herbs planted here are local and foreign plants such as Misai Kucing or Cat Whiskers, Betel leaf, Hempedu Bumi or Bile of the Earth and Lemon Balm.
After that His Majesty viewed Balai Kenangan Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien Exhibition which carries the theme, "The Monarch's Leadership Strengthens the Islamic Civilisation in Brunei Darussalam." There are eight panels which showcase the authority, integrity and wisdom of the Sultans of Brunei especially His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Majesty's late father Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien in spreading and upholding the eminence of Islam in nationhood.
Also on display are photographs and replicas of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah. In the process of upholding Islam in Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty continues to strengthen the various aspects of Islamic civilisation. This includes the physical and non-physical infrastructures such as building mosques, surau and Islamic education institutes, the formulation of Islamic laws and policies based on Islamic laws. Also showcased are the continuous efforts towards realising the Zikir nation, "Baldatun Thaiyyibatun wa Rabbun Ghafuur" starting from the first Sultan of Brunei until the era of His Majesty's rule as well as a collection of His Majesty's titah on upholding Islam in the country.
His Majesty was then graciously invited to tour the Knowledge Convention Expo which focuses on plants that benefit people. More than 30 companies and government agencies take part in the expo which displays efforts on innovative local products in various categories. A demonstration on preparing food especially ulam-ulaman or leaves eaten raw with rice and fruit juice for local sources in the country also attracted His Majesty's interest.
Meanwhile, the expo outside the Balai Khazanah Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah exhibited local products by Village Consultative Councils from thefour districts. The products comprise handicraft such as handbags, walking sticks, parangs, food and beauty products. The expo is open to the public until Wednesday from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon.
His Majesty's presence further displayed His Majesty's intellectual and caring leadership towards producing a knowledge literate generation.
Source: Radio Television Brunei