| Wani Roslan |
MINISTER of Home Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman yesterday launched an international seminar on ‘Sunnah Nabawiyyah’ and its contemporary challenges, organised by the Faculty of Usuluddin, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).
The launch of the event was held at Dewan Jubli of UNISSA.
In his speech, the minister said challenges need to be faced wisely and through positive approach, the public can be made to understand and warned against the baseless accusations on Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
“In my opinion, it is important for us to be realistic and stay calm while facing the contemporary challenges on Sunnah Nabawiyyah. In other words, don’t feel threatened or insecure,” the minister added.
He also said that to tackle the challenges against Sunnah Nabawiyyah, as Muslims, we have historical experience in handling the issues of falsification of Hadith, distortion of facts and meaning, and allegations against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
“Experience has taught us that challenges and accusations can be handled well, particularly with appropriate intellectual efforts where the role of scholars is significant and very helpful.
“The objective of this kind of seminars is to help people develop intellectual capabilities to effectively address the contemporary challenges on Sunnah Nabawiyyah that appear in various forms and ways,” the minister added.
He also pointed out that in the context of intellectual efforts, it is important to enhance the efforts of individuals and groups in composing, compiling, translating and publishing Hadith, wherein the challenging role played by scholars is pivotal.
The ceremony commenced with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by a welcoming remark by Dr Hajah Lily Suzana binti Haji Shamsu, Dean of Faculty of Usuluddin, in her capacity as the chairperson of the seminar.
In her address, she highlighted that Sunnah Nabawiyyah is the second source of authority after the Al-Quran, adding that in the era of globalisation it is facing various challenges – including the dissemination of false Hadith.
A total of 45 working papers in Arabic, Malay and English languages will be delivered at the two-day seminar, which will be concluded today. Each presentation highlights issues related to the current challenges on Sunnah.
“In realising the objectives of the seminar, a special presentation known as ‘public lecture’ will also be held as a medium for the public to comprehend and identify false Hadith which went viral on social media recently.
The launching ceremony continued with a short-video presentation followed by the keynote address titled, ‘Sunnah Nabawiyyah and its Contemporary Challenges’ presented by Professor Datin Paduka Dr Jawiah Dakir, Deputy Director of Institut Islam Hadhari, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
In the address, she highlighted that it is compulsory to understand and refer to authentic Sunnah or Hadith in order to avoid misunderstanding of religious facts. She also mentioned that among the roles of Sunnah and Hadith are to explain and interpret sentences as well as to clarify ambiguities.
The major objectives of the seminar are to educate the public on the importance of Sunnah and the methods to understand as well as to identify current challenges in the dissemination and understanding of Hadith, in the era of globalisation.
In addition, it is aimed to assess the current tools and methodologies in the dissemination of Hadith and identify effective modern methodologies and approaches to develop this knowledge, taking into account present-day needs.
Also in attendance during the ceremony were Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs; permanent secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs; rector of UNISSA; deputy permanent secretaries; directors; keynote speakers and lecturers.