Saturday, April 23, 2005

Natural disasters change atmosphere of celebration

Bandar Seri Begawan - A ceremony to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was held Thursday evening at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

The "Maulidur Rasul" celebration was attended by around 150 Indonesians in the Sultanate.
The ceremony commenced with a mass Isyak prayer followed by the recitation of the holy Quran.
The highlight of the religious event was a Nasyid performance by Indonesians students studying in the country and the recitation of "berzarji" as ways of showing respects and praises upon Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) led by Ustaz Muslih Sugito, an Indonesian teacher at the Religious Teachers College in Jalan'Iutong.

The ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, MrYusbarDjasmil in his remarks, quoted the exemplary action shown by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during his life.

This year's celebration meanwhile was carried out in a rather different atmosphere as Indonesia had gone through several natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions and landslides.
One such disaster was the powerful earthquake of 8.2 magnitudes that occurred in Nias, North Sumatra last March 29, 2005, three months after the devastating earthquake and the tsunami tidal wave occurred in the province of Nanggroe Acheh Darussalam.

The Maulidur Rasul was also carried out to show a sense of solidarity and unity towards their countrymen by the collection of voluntary donations in the form of cash for the earthquake victims in Nias, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

A sermon delivered by Dr Shalribuddin Laming MA, another Indonesian who is a Senior Lecturer at the Islamic Study of Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien, UBD, also marked the Maulidur Rasul's event.

In his remarks, the speaker noted that Islam is a religion that emphasises on character building and every Muslims should perform their daily habits according to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The ceremony ended with a 'Doa Selamat' read by Dr Abdurrahman Raden Aji Haqqi.

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