In conjunction with Negara Brunei Darussalam’s 37th National Day, the annual regional Majlis Khatam Al-Quran has been conducted virtually due to the restrictions surrounding Covid-19. For this year, the Brunei-Ireland Society (BruEire) was given the opportunity to be the host for those in the Republic of Ireland and Scotland while the Brunei-Newcastle Society (BruCastle), Brunei-Cardiff Society (BruSCa) and Brunei-Nottingham Society (BruNotts) were honoured to be the hosts for Northern, Southern and Midlands region of England respectively. Following this sequence, each of the events were carried out on 27th February, 6th,7th and 13th March 2021 via online platforms which includes Zoom and Google Meet.
Majlis Khatam Al-Quran can act as an opportunity for Bruneian students across the UK and Eire to gather and hence strengthen their networks and teamwork. Through this event, a unity amongst the students can then be further implemented. Other than that, this event aims to be a reminder for the students to also have a deeper understanding in Islam while striving for their academic success in order to realise His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei’s dream to make Brunei as ‘Negara Dzikir’.
Yang Mulia Cikgu Mohammad Danny bin Aimi, the Director of Studies of Brunei Students’ Unit has attended the events as the guest of honour while Yang Mulia Ustaz Haji Muhammad Fahmi bin Haji Abas, the Religious Officer of Brunei Students’ Unit was invited as the special guest. The events started off with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and followed by speeches from the guest of honour and the hosting society’s president which comprises of Wardatul Ramzuna from BruEire, Md Haziq Ihsanuddin Hj Zainal Ariffin from BruCastle, Bibi Fatimah Aidi from BruSCa and Alvina Chan Yi Ting from BruNotts. Each of them presented their speeches according to their respective events.
The events proceeded with the recitation of Surah-Surah Lazim, Takhtim, Dikir Marhaban and lastly Doa Khatam. Due to the nature of a virtual event, the hosting society has elected one or more lead readers to recite each section. The lead readers for the event hosted by BruEire were Raden Mas Fadhli Raziq from Brunei-Northern Ireland and Siti Munirah binti Awang Muhamad from BruEire . Meanwhile, the lead reader for Northern region was Mohammad Hasan Basri bin Haji Hanipah , the Yang di-Pertua of Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali. Then, the lead reader for Southern region was Muhammad Hariz bin Haji Azmi from BruSCA and the lead readers for Midlands region were Ak Mohammad Aisar Al-Walid bin Pg Yussoff, Md Harith Syafiq Md Halim, ‘Aqilah binti Haji Mat Dani and Nur Natasya Hj Norariffinihazalin. The lead readers for the Midlands region are all from BruNotts. In order to wrap up the events, a closing speech was delivered by Ustaz Fahmi and this is followed by a group photo session.
Majlis Khatam Al-Quran has come to an end with an average of 17 attendees per event. To conclude, the events went smoothly and the Brunei Religious Officers Students Association hopes that the next Majlis Khatam Al-Quran will be able to be conducted in a physical setting and hence encourages more people to join.