Since the appointment of Bandar Seri Begawan as the Asian Capital of Islamic Culture 2019 by the Islamic Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), there has been a rise of muslim-centric events and exhibitions held in the country.

The Brunei International Islamic Festival is organised by Qalby Sdn Bhd and was launched on 8th April 2019 at the International Convention Centre at Berakas.

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“Brunei International Islamic Festival 2019 is the first of its kind to be organised in the country, while creating a platform to showcase Islamic artifacts, heritage, culture, arts, and education. Our objective is to support His Majesty’s Titah, which is to strengthen the sharia by preservation and promotion of the intellect,” said Norjinah Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of Qalby Sdn Bhd.

We spoke to Raihan Atiqah, Logistics Officer at Qalby Sdn Bhd to find out more about the exhibition and festival.

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“The basis of the exhibition is to educate people in ways other than just reading, so we are trying to trigger a more visual approach to educate people on Islam,”  said Raihan Atiqah.

Raihan Atiqah explained that the exhibition features a hologram of the making of the Holy Ka’abah, along with miniature dioramas of the old Al Masjid an Nabawi and the wars in Islam, particularly Khandaq and Badar.

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Over the course of the festival, various Islamic talks and symposium have been lined up, including a lecture by guest speaker Ustaz Don Daniyal on Friday, 12th April 2019. Qalby Sdn Bhd had also invited the Embassy of The Russian Federation, Embassy of Indonesia and High Commission of Pakistan to showcase the Islamic culture in their respective countries.

“We want to introduce the public about the existence of other Islamic cultures in different countries, such as the High Commission of Pakistan, Embassy of The Russian Federation and Embassy of Indonesia to take part in the showcase. The Embassy of The Russian Federation will display the architecture of the different mosques in their country, while the Embassy of Indonesia will show their own unique design of mushaf Al-Quran,” she added.

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With the visual experience, the exhibition itself can be a pull factor due to the way it is presented, the displays can be really exciting for children to visualise and learn various records in Islamic history.

Qalby Sdn Bhd looks forward to create more muslim-focused events in the country, similar to the Brunei International Islamic Festival.

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The festival will run until Sunday, 14th April 2019. The entrance fee for senior citizens, adults, and children over 5 years old is BND10 per person, while for schools and higher education groups, it is priced at BND8 per person. Do not miss the chance to learn from the exhibition and talks that will be given throughout the week.