National Level Nuzul Al-Qur’an Celebration

The culmination of the National Level Nuzul Al-Quran Celebration for 1442 Hijrah was the presentation of prizes to the winners of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Memorisation and its Understanding Final for 1442 Hijrah/ 2021. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented the prizes to the winners.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted 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, as the Chairman of the Major Islamic Events of 1442 Hijrah Executive Committee as well as other members of the Executive Committee.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and brothers, 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; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

The ceremony commenced with the reading of surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

The Minister of Religious Affairs in his welcoming address among other matters expressed gratitude that the Nuzul Al-Quran celebration can be held even though the country is still on alert in curbing and preventing the dangers of COVID-19. Yang Berhormat said that it is a blessing from Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala to the country and with the wise, just and charitable leadership of His Majesty guided by Allah's teachings. In strengthening such policy, His Majesty's Government has implemented Al-Quran learning covering its reading and memorisation.

At the function, the winners from the five categories of the National Musabaqah Al-Quran Memorisation and its Understanding presented the memorisation and its understanding. Category A, Memorising Chapter 1 to 30 and its understanding for ages 13 and below, was won by Dayang Nur'aliyah Amani binti Muhammad Al-Ameen.

Meanwhile Dayang Nuramal Shoffiyah binti Irma Shukrin won Category B which is memorisation of selected surahs as well as the understanding of Surah Al-Jumu'ah and Surah An-Nuur for ages 14 and above.

Category C, memorising 3 chapters of Al-Quran which is from Chapter 1 to Chapter 3 and the understanding of Surah Al-Maaidah, which was open to all ages was won by Awang Haji Julazni bin Haji Zaini.

Awang Muhammad Azib bin Muhammad Azim won Category D, memorisation of 15 Chapters of Al-Quran which is from Chapter 1 to Chapter 15 as well as the understanding of Surah Al-Maaidah, which was open to all age levels.

Category E, the memorisation of 30 Chapters of Al-Quran which is from Chapter 1 to Chapter 30 as well as the understanding of Surah Al-Ahqaaf, Surah Muhammad, Surah Al-Fath, Surah Al-Hujuraat and Surah Qaf, which was open to all age levels was won by Dayang Aqilah binti Haji Ayop.

His Majesty then presented the prizes to the winners. Dayang Nur'aliyah Amani binti Muhammad Al-Ameen, Champion for Category A took home a one thousand five hundred dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Runner-up Dayang Nur Shofiyyah Solehah binti Mohammad Fikri received one thousand dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Third place, Sharifah Ayesha Al-Insyirah binti Shaikh Sharul Azhar received seven hundred and fifty dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate.

Category B Champion was Dayang Nuramal Shofiyyah binti Irma Shukrin who received a two thousand dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Dayang Siti Nur Darwisyah binti Sabli took second place and received one thousand five hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate while Awang Abdul Qawiy bin Haji Mat Yamin came in third and received one thousand two hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate.

Emerging Champion of Category D was Awang Haji Julazni bin Haji Zaini who took home a two thousand eight hundred dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Second place went to Awang Muhamad Faiz Najwan bin Muhamad Saleh who received two thousand dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Meanwhile Dayang Nur Izzy Aziah binti Ahmad who came in third received one thousand five hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate.

Category D was won by Awang Muhammad Azib bin Muhammad Azim who received a three thousand five hundred dollar cash prize, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Dayang Siti Hafizah Al-Haziqah binti Ariffin in second place received two thousand five hundred dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate. Meanwhile, Awang Ahmad Hamizan @ Ahmad Aliridha bin Haji Laidin who came in third received two thousand dollars, an accompanying prize and participation certificate.

The winner of category E, Dayang Aqilah binti Haji Ayop received a five thousand dollar cash prize, while the runner up, Ak Muhammad Abdul Qadir bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim received three thousand five hundred dollars and the third place winner Awang Muhammad Faturrahman bin Awang Embran received two thousand five hundred dollars. All winners received an accompanying prize and participation certificate.

Doa selamat was read by the State Mufti. The theme of the National level Nuzul Al-Quran Celebration, 'Al-Quran Asas dan Pemangkin Pembangunan Negara' or Al-Quran the Foundation and Catalyst of Nation Development emphasizes that Al-Quran is the foundation and main factor that contributes to development empowerment. Development that is inline with mankind's natural habit as created by Allah is development that is balanced in material, physical and spiritual needs.

Source: Radio Television Brunei