| Hakim Hayat |
MINISTER of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman is currently in Bali attending the 16th Meeting of Religious Ministries of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (MABIMS), the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) said.
In a welcoming speech, the minister expressed his appreciation for the cooperation and accord forged between all MABIMS member countries in upholding the followers of Islam as well as in maintaining harmony in inter-faith communities.
Looking back at 25 years of its establishment, the minister also thanked the pioneers of MABIMS and said past experiences had given much lesson and guidance to MABIMS in expanding and empowering its scope in religious cooperation.
“The factor of MABIMS’s strong hold in forging closer cooperation and networking is because of their grip in Islam and understanding of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, as well as the Malay language,” he said.
The minister in the speech also said he hopes to see enhanced and continuous efforts by the association in promoting and contributing to the community, lauding several projects such as the launch of a new book and new website for MABIMS as a way to make the association more recognised around the world.
Meanwhile in his adjournment speech later in the meeting, the minister cautioned that the association is still faced with challenges and threats especially on the laws of Allah the Almighty.
“Because of this, it motivates us to increase our efforts in curbing any negativity and in instilling more understanding on Islamic teachings.
“We should not be weak and give up easily, because the act of dakwah is the most noble along the side of Allah the Almighty,” he added.
The minister also called on the association to support and embrace the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah concept, which he said is a modest and eminent concept that has been inherited by the region for centuries.
“It must be continuously developed, maintained, strengthened, expanded and nurtured for our future generation.
“This kind of responsibility and task needs persistence, sincerity and integrity of all parties in withstanding any challenges,” he said.
Among the agendas discussed in the meeting, which is held bi-annually included the presentation of the Implementation Report of the last MABIMS Meeting in Brunei Darussalam.
Prior to the meeting, a welcoming dinner was held to fete all the attending Religious Ministers from all the MABIMS member countries.
The event also saw the launch of a book to commemorate the association’s 25th anniversary.