| Azlan Othman |
COUPLES in the first five years of marriage are vulnerable to having conflicts as they are still in the process of getting used to each other.
This was highlighted by the Tutong District Officer, Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, at the first post-marriage course jointly organised by the Family Counselling Service Division of the Syariah Affairs Department and Religious Affairs Office in Tutong.
Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali said studies have shown that such post-marriage courses are effective and can reduce the divorce rate. The course is new to Brunei Darussalam but is common in developed countries with huge Muslim population.
The Tutong District Officer said this course helps in enhancing the awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the partners. The course attendees also get to learn technique, and skills in managing a family and fostering better understanding among husband and wife.
The two-day course can also help in understanding the Islamic family values that uphold the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 and the aspiration for Brunei to become a Zikir Nation.
Ustazah Hajah Zakiah binti Hj Talib, Acting Director of Syariah Affairs Department at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, said the programme is an initiative of Islamic Family Development of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and it is part of the strategic plan of the Syariah Affairs Department and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Among the working papers presented at the workshop include ‘Conflict Resolution in Marriage According to Islamic Perspective’, ‘Family Islamic Law Act, Chapter 217’, ‘My Family, My Hope’, ‘The Influence of Communication in Marriage’ as well as ‘Financial and Asset Management for Family’, ‘Parenting Skills’, ‘Educating the Family and Children’, ‘The Importance of Health in Marriage’ and ‘Mystical Disturbances in Marriage’.