| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE 4th Educational Seminar on Usuluddin began yesterday at Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB).
The core objective of the two-day seminar, which carries the theme ‘Usuluddin as the catalyst of Negara Zikir’ is enhancing the knowledge of Usuluddin in Brunei Darussalam, specifically for KUPU SB. It also serves as a platform for academicians to present their working papers and exchange ideas, to generate cooperation between higher institutions in the field of research and enhance the dynamism in the teachings of Usuluddin.
The seminar is attended by religious teachers from KUPU SB, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and other educational institutions in the country.
The guest of honour was the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar.
In his address, the deputy minister stressed the importance of enhancing one’s Islamic religious knowledge, in view of the myriad of current thoughts and ideologies that are adverse and irrelevant to the teachings and concepts of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
The purity of Islam, the harmony it brings and the strength of the Islamic community can be disrupted and unsettled with such irrelevant issues, and more worryingly its negative influence can malign the character of future generations, he said.
Current circumstances call for academicians to elevate their knowledge of Usuluddin to counter and manage such negative influences, he said.
He added that the future generations are the ones we hope will bring the torch of guidance especially to Brunei.
Thus, religious teachers will be equipped with knowledge to impart their teachings to future generations, and this will enhance our status as ‘Negara Zikir’, the deputy minister added.
He also quoted the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam that gave a reminder for everyone to be vigilant and cautious against various adverse thoughts on Islam, known as mujaddid.
The deputy minister added that academicians and religious teachers are the catalysts in the tarbiyah (education & upbringing) of our nation, and therefore, should shoulder the responsibility to educate and nurture the children of our nation.