Brunei royal heir’s passing mourned


BalikBayani République |Tony Alalbastro

The Philippine Embassy and Filipino community in Brunei Darussalam conveyed their most heartfelt condolences and sympathies to His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the members of the Royal Family and people of Brunei Darussalam on the passing of Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Haji Abdul Azim.

Fourth in line to succeed the Brunei throne, Sultan’s second eldest son, HRH Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim, 38, passed away Saturday, October 25, at 10.08 am.
“May Allah the Almighty grant them all inner peace and strength during this difficult time of deep grief and mourning,” Philippine Embassy said.

“It was a privilege to meet you as we sat and discussed about the Vision for Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam as a center of excellence.

In your eyes we’ve seen not only the genuine love and care for the young people and special needs community in Brunei by a Prince who is armed with much wisdom and knowledge,” said Lovelle G. Depala.

Working in this NGO charity organization, named after the late Prince’s mother, Lovelle helps change and improve lives and provide quality education, rehabilitation and training program for special needs individuals.

The late Prince was active in supporting SMARTER Brunei, a center for autistic children, where Lovelle, worked four years as its first assistant head therapist.

“May Almighty Allah dwell Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Haji Abdul Azim in Jannatul Firdaus, (Paradise),” said Malou Ramos-Wong, Filipino Association president, with 21 organizations under FA’s umbrella in Brunei.

“He will be remembered for his passion for the arts and kindness for the needy,” said Singapore President Halimah Yacob.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said “Prince Azim was known for his kind and generous spirit and for his dedication to charitable, educational, and youth causes.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddinn Yassin said “may his soul be blessed by Allah and placed among the righteous.”

Prince Azim’s body was buried before sunset, October 25, at Royal Mausoleum (Kubah Makam Diraja), where Brunei’s first ruler, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien 1, was interred in 1795.

As final burial rite, His Majesty the Sultan and Her Majesty Raja Isteri poured over the grave scented water (air asah-asahan) followed by His Majesty’s son and Prince Azim’s mother, Puan Hajah Mariam Hj Abdul Az-iz.

Royal family members, state dignitaries and cabinet ministers attended the burial ceremony. Tahlil (praising Allah in Islam) and talquin were recited.
Funeral or jenazah prayers were recited at Istana Nurul Iman from where a white hearse with yellow flags carried the body, accompanied by a large convoy, to the Royal Mausoleum in Batu Satu.

No public celebrations, weddings, or entertainment, including cinema, during seven-day mourning period, according to palace statement broadcast on state television. At half-mast flew national flags and Istana’s yellow royal flag.

In public mourning, Muslims women must wear white tudong (headscarf) and white, round (haj) caps for men, and white bands on left arm for non-Muslims.

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