Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hari Raya Aidil’adha and Annual General Meeting

HAMPSHIRE, SOUTHAMPTON – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 – BRUNEI SOUTHAMPTON (BRUSTON) society held its very first event for the new academic year 2014/2015 at the University of Southampton, getting together Bruneians who are currently living in Southampton and Winchester to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil’adha event. Attendees consisted of students from University of Southampton, Warsash Maritime Academy of Solent University and Winchester School of Arts. 

According to the president of Bruston, Haji Mohamad Amir Rabbani Haji Rosli, a second year taking BEng Mechanical Engineering, the main objective was to bring Bruneians out from the busy lives of studies and celebrate a religious event held every 10th of Zulhijjah of Hijrah calendar year. The idea of hosting this event was also seen as a move towards fostering closer ties between themselves. 

The event commenced with an Asar prayer in congregation led by Bruston’s religious officer, Hafiz Aini, followed by Eid takbir led by the brothers, and recitation of Yaasin and Tahlil for a deceased brother of one of the students. 

“This event is a favor to me and every single one of Bruston members. Bruston’s aim is to make this place more like home.” Amir Rabbani added, “what more than the sound of takbir raya?’ 

Meanwhile, a representative of medical student said, “The event reminds me of home country Brunei Darussalam, how Brunei is so blessed with its own culture and good people and not to forget, and very delicious food as well!” She said that even though celebrating Aidil’adha here is not the same as back home, she was so happy to meet fellow Bruneians, being able to speak in Bruneian language and eat Malay delicacies. 

Annisa Idris from Winchester University said, "Ini adalah pengalaman kali pertama saya menyambut Hari Raya aidil'adha diperantauan. Alhamdulillah sambutan hari raya aidil adha di Southampton sungguh meriah. Terasa kehangatan dan jalinan silaturahim yang erat di antara pelajar pelajar Brunei. Laungan takbir dan solat berjemaah adalah acara yang paling saya sendiri nantikan. Ditambah lagi pelbagai juadah tradisi melayu yang dihidangkan menambah lagi kemeriahan. Sekurang-kurangnya terubatlah rasa rindu kami kepada keluarga dan ibu bapa kami. Alhamdulillah"

To conclude, Bruston’s aim is to host more events to strengthen the ties. Not only would it remove homesickness, Bruston hopes to create memorable moments between Bruneians in Southampton. 

The session was followed by an Annual General Meeting where the committees introduce themselves to the Bruston members. 

More pictures from the event can be found here:

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