One thousand, seven hundred and eight participants will take part in the 73 Times Khatam Al-Quran Ceremony for Members of Mukim and Village Consultative Councils and school students nationwide. The Khatam Al-Quran ceremony is in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 73rd Birthday celebration. The ceremony at the Banquet Hall of Istana Nurul Iman will take place on Thursday. A full rehearsal was held yesterday afternoon to ensure the smooth running of the event.
In attendance were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di- Pertua of Adat Istiadat Negara; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana, Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, the Grand Chamberlain as Co-advisors of the 73 Times Khatam Al-Quran Ceremony. The event is a Pasambah or gift from the people to His Majesty, as well a doa to Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala for His Majesty's longevity, excellent health and continued reign with Allah's guidance and protection.