| Zee Yusri |
“IT IS vital to have an understanding and appreciation of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept which will create a constructive impact and act as a shield to the nation in withstanding the latest globalisation and modernisation that is challenging – particularly in matters relating to cultural heritage, nationhood, individuals, faith and morals.”
This was stated by Dr Awang Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Head of Secretariat of the Malay Islamic Monarchy Supreme Council (MTMIB), as the chief guest, in his opening speech during the launching of the ‘Generating Glorious Individual through Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB)’ programme held at SEAMEO Voctech yesterday.
He added that the philosophy uses virtue as a source of camaraderie for the people as well as preservation of peace and unity in Brunei Darussalam. He emphasised the importance of shaping individuals through embedding the values of MIB especially among the new converts.
“Islam is a religion that secures the interests of all citizens in Brunei, irrespective of their religion, tribe or ethnicity. We, as the citizens of Brunei, especially the Malays, have a responsibility to appreciate and practice these values which act as a keystone for solidarity. This includes our newly-converted families,” he added.
Under the monarchy, Dr Awang Haji Muhammad Hadi believes Brunei is more prosperous, firm and becoming more respected by the international community. He also revealed that Islam has been Brunei’s official religion since the Sultanate’s ruling class embraced it 600 years ago.
He said that Brunei Darussalam is and shall always be a sovereign and independent MIB state based on the teachings of Islam according to the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
The three-day programme is held for the new converts nationwide as it was realised that the rate of practice of Islamic values are still insufficient, especially in the fardhu (obligatory) prayers.
The first-ever programme is intended to be a starting point towards a new change for the new converts to become better individuals as well as a platform for them to fulfil their fardhu prayers.
The programme is aimed at educating the participants to appreciate the five Pillars of Islam, as the programme will provide experiences and exposure to the new converts in the environment and social aspects of Islam.
All activities in this programme are applied to the values and elements of Islam where it will focus on the duties of Muslims in performing fardhu prayers and the sins of neglecting them.
The programme is also held to create knowledgeable and proactive individuals who would spend their free time doing activities that are beneficial, not only physically but also spiritually and at the same time, strengthening ties among the new converts.
The programme is hosted by MTMIB in collaboration with the committees from Kg Bukit Mosque in Tutong through their Volunteering Unit, Al-Hijrah.