Bruneian community in Brisbane has joined thousands of Muslim population across Australia in celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri which falls on 20th September this year.
More than 50 students and their families gathered at St Lucia’s Monroe Park, a stone’s corner away from the University of Queensland’s (UQ) main building. Other Bruneians gathered at other places such as at Lutwych and the Gold Coast mosques to perform Hari Raya prayer.
Most of the students, including in-service officers, representing several universities in Brisbane joined other congregators as early as 6.30am to hear sermons delivered by one of UQ’s Muslim Society members from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi students forms the largest Muslim community not just at UQ but spread out at other universities in Queensland, numbers reaching more than 1000 people.
“This is the first time I celebrate Hari Raya prayer abroad. My family joins me at this festive occasion,” Mahali said.
Meanwhile, to mark the arrival of Syawal, students at Kelvin Grove Urban Village (KGUV), performed Takbir on the eve of Hari Raya. The event, held at one of the Bruneian’s residents, started with Surah Al-Fatihah recited by Cikgu Malek Abd Hamid, a final year in-service student in urban development degree at QUT.
The thanksgiving prayer was read by Hj Rahim Omar, another in-service student, taking up dual degrees in Nursing and Health Management at QUT. More than 30 people and their family members attended the gathering
Currently, there are about 100 Brunei students in Queensland, either on government scholarship or privately funded. They enroll in the first degree, masters and PHD. Some of them are taking foundation courses, prior to pursuing bachelor degree in their respective fields.