Jerudong International School, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

November 29, 2016 through November 30, 2016

The opening ceremony started with the Sultanate’s speech delivered by Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al-Maskari, Sultanate’s Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam during which he said that the exhibition coincides with the Embassy’s celebration of the 46th National Day, and the 32nd anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Sultanate and Brunei Darussalam.

He added that this exhibition, which was organized in more than 100 cities in 30 countries, came at the right time where acts of violence and extremism in certain parts of the world spread, so the need for tolerance, understanding and coexistence have become very urgent.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs as Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Tolerance, Understanding, and Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam Exhibition in Brunei Darussalam gave a Welcoming Address.

His Honorable Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs in Brunei Darussalam, patronized over the opening ceremony of the exhibition amid official and popular presence that reflects the strong relations between the Sultanate and Brunei Darussalam. He delivered a speech affirming that Brunei Darussalam is proud to host the exhibition; a platform to spread peace and more bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Thus, the public in Brunei would know about the efforts made by the Sultanate of Oman in spreading the culture of tolerance, understanding and coexistence among peoples across the world. It also sheds light on the similarities between the Sultanate and Brunei Darussalam in terms of religious culture, and preservation of cultural and traditional values.

Other guests of honour had been His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Abd. Mokti bin Haji Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, and Haji Harun bin Haji Junid, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The exhibition was joined by verious activities of Omani artists: a Sand Art Show was performed by Shayma Al-Mughairy; religious singer Anwar Al-Asmi did a Nasheed Performance and Saleh Al Shukhayri demonstrated the art of Arab calligraphie to the audience.

Additional to that a lecture presentation was done by Dr. Abdullah Said Khalfan Al-Mamari, Assistant Professor at the College of Sharia Sciences in Muscat and the Brunei Mosque’s Youth performed Dikir Sharafil Anam.