| Fadhil Yunus |
UNDER the reign of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Sultanate commemorated the end of the Islamic New Year 1435 Hijrah and welcomed the Islamic New Year 1436 Hijrah with Doa.
This was said by Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, in a ‘Tazkirah’ (reminder) during the National 1436 Hijrah New Year ceremony at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah last evening.
The minister said that by reciting a closing Doa for the end of the Islamic New Year 1435 Hijrah and a Doa welcoming the Islamic New Year 1436 Hijrah, “we represent a nation that places its confidence in Allah the Almighty”.
“We are confident that to recite Doa is a blessing in itself and we can feel them in many situations we have experienced,” added the minister.
“Therefore, it is only right that we pray to Allah the Almighty because Doa is an ibadat (act of worship) and worship is only to Allah the Almighty and not to others.”
“More significant is that Doa in a nutshell is a form of statement where we admit that there were times where we were inattentive or failed to avoid prohibitions by Allah the Almighty which bring forward sins.
“As we have not repented, we pray for forgiveness and not to face suffering,” the minister highlighted.
“Meanwhile, for this Islamic New Year, we seek Allah the Almighty’s refuge from the deception of Syaitan and its affiliates”.
“We seek Allah the Almighty’s protection to challenge and defeat ‘Nafsu Ammarah’ – lust or desire that leads us to evil,” added the minister.
“As such, we submit ourselves to the powers of Allah the Almighty.
“We hope for Allah the Almighty’s compassion. This attitude is highly valued by Allah the Almighty.
Those conscious of their shortcomings and weaknesses are those who realise that they are only humans, not ‘malaikat’ (angels) or ‘iblis’ (demons).”
The minister said these people were visibly aware that they are servants of Allah the Almighty.
“Their lives in this world are about sharing space and opportunities along with other servants of Allah the Almighty.
“Together with conscience and regret, they repent. This is important as Allah the Almighty, with the vastness of His mercy, will accept repentance, approve forgiveness and fulfil the good deeds done by His servants who had exemplified faith towards Him.
“As individuals and components of the community and race, we want assurances of prosperity.”
“And as an individual, as a community, as a race and the people of the nation, we want to elevate our strengths by having good children and a continuing generation that constantly shows good faith.
“Allah the Almighty promises all of these if we regret and are aware of our sins and consequently seek for forgiveness from Allah the Almighty and repent.”
Allah the Almighty’s firman in Surah Hud in verse 52 reads, “And O my people ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. He will send (rain from) the sky upon you in showers and increase you in strength (added) to your strength. And do not turn away, (being) criminals”.
The other significance that yesterday’s event brought was that the Islamic New Year was marked as a nation.
“The migration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is charted in the history of Islam as ‘Hijrah’, which initiated the count of the Islamic calendar.
“We have heard and followed a lot of stories about it. With the opportunity in this limited time, it is sufficient to say that the Hijrah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is by the consent and command of Allah the Almighty.”