| Azlan Othman |
IN FRIDAY sermons held yesterday, religious authorities said that when reading resources, the content should be beneficial and useful, and not be subversive or deviant.
Muslims should make the act of reading a noble tradition, as it is capable of moulding people into knowledgeable human beings, Imams said.
This is because it is through knowledge alone that we are able to design and achieve victory in the present life and the hereafter. Islam attaches great emphasis on the need to seek knowledge for it is an invaluable asset.
Imams also highlighted the great need for people in Brunei Darussalam to make the act of reading a continuous habit so that it can be integrated into local culture, regardless of the age group people fall within.
“This affinity for reading should be instilled in children at a very young age. In this respect, parents have a role to play in being role models for their children, for parents who share a passion for reading are great examples for children to do the same.
“Take heed that a civilisation or nation can only be founded by a society that embraces a culture of knowledge.
“In fact, this is the eternal amanah (trust) entrusted by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to all of us, beginning from the very moment when he received his first divine command which impressed upon him the importance of reinvigorating the culture of knowledge and love for reading”, Imams said.
“So in view of the importance of inculcating this habit among all of us, particularly children, adolescents and youth, several government agencies have carried out initiatives towards achieving this end.
“These initiatvies are commendable efforts, so citizens and residents should reciprocate by taking the time to engage in this positive activity,” Imams said.