| Azaraimy HH |
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah yesterday on the eve of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said the nation must do its best to impart religious education to its younger generation to keep the ‘virus of destruction’ at bay.
If we fail to do this, the country will face a lot of difficulties in the future, His Majesty cautioned, adding that the ‘virus’ would pollute, among others, our religious beliefs, education and culture.
“Today, we are enjoying peace without any disturbances. But who knows what tomorrow may bring?” asked the monarch rhetorically.
According to His Majesty, such disturbances come in the form of unwanted elements such as thoughts or ideologies that are not aligned with Brunei’s way of life.
In this regard, it is important for us to carry out plans to counter such disturbances.
“In my opinion, the most important plan is to ensure that the core and content of our education do not deviate, even a bit, from the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy,” His Majesty said.
Earlier, His Majesty reiterated that celebrating Maulud Nabi would bring blessings and good fortune to the nation.
It is a tradition that continues to develop through the ages, His Majesty said, adding that it is a time to remember Prophet Muhammad as a prophet, messenger and saviour of the world and humanity.
Allah the Almighty characterises Prophet Muhammad as a blessing for all.
“As a sign of our gratefulness to Allah for this blessing, which is a kurnia (gift), we should respect and love it with all our hearts and souls”, His Majesty said.
The monarch said the way to respect and love the Prophet is not by making him a deity or constructing symbols to commemorate him. Instead, we should follow all the sunnah (teachings of the Prophet) for this would be an eternal symbol of our gratefulness for this blessing, added His Majesty.
One of the easiest ways to prove our love for the Prophet is to recite many ‘Salawat’ (prayers to seek Allah’s blessings for the Prophet), according to His Majesty, who added that performing ‘Salawat’ is easy and the rewards are numerous.
Meanwhile, the monarch expressed his concern that some people these days are less compelled to perform tasks (such as prayers) that will bring Pahala (Allah’s rewards or blessings) than that would bring them worldly pleasures.
“The more good deeds we do, the more rewards we will get from Allah the Almighty in the afterlife,” His Majesty said.
In this regard, His Majesty has urged all relevant agencies under the Brunei Government to double their efforts to propagate the teachings of Islam, especially with regards to matters concerning ‘Amal Salleh’ (doing good deeds).
In a message to religious teachers, His Majesty urged them to take the opportunity to foster the spirit of doing ‘Amal Salleh’ because it is at this stage of the children’s lives that they will be more open and receptive to the idea.
This is one of the main reasons why the Compulsory Religious Order was established, His Majesty said, adding that it is the hope that “our children will fully understand what is the difference between a sin and a blessing”.
Insya Allah, through this, the children will become pious individuals, His Majesty said, adding that this would secure Brunei with a good future generation.