| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
THE offspring of Muslim converts can enrol at Arabic schools and other religious institutions to elevate their religious knowledge. They can then pass on this acquired knowledge to their respective ethnic groups, helping to spread Islam through the language of their respective ethnic group.
Minister of Religious Affairs cum guest of honour Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman noted this yesterday during the National Gathering for Muslim Converts held at the Islamic Dakwah Centre in Kampong Pulaie.
Organised by the Islamic Dakwah Centre, the gathering aimed to enhance ties and strengthen the devotional practices of the converts.
The ceremony opened with a recitation of the Holy Al-Quran, following which welcoming remarks were delivered by Islamic Dakwah Centre Acting Director Hajah Siti Azizah binti Haji Musa.
She expressed hopes the event would motivate new converts to continue to spread the word on Islam.
Meanwhile, the minister in his speech underlined the incentives the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam provides to new converts. These include festive conversion ceremonies to celebrate their acceptation of Islam as their religious faith, guidance classes to further enhance understanding of Islam and opportunity to perform Haj, among others.
He expressed hopes freethinkers would consider embracing Islam, a religion that is simple and beautiful, and urged converts to preserve the Muslim identity in order to receive blessings from Allah the Almighty and not to be easily influenced by matters that may confuse their Islamic faith.
The ceremony continued with a prize presentation to five recipients of the ‘Anugerah Khas Da’ie’ and ‘Anugerah Saudara Baru Teladan’ (Model New Convert) Award presented by the guest of honour.
Prizes were also awarded to winners of Al-Quran reading competition, memorising verses of the Holy Al-Quran competition and the 33rd National Dakwah Song Competition for New Converts.
The ceremony concluded with a recitation of Doa Selamat, following which the guest of honour was taken on a tour of a mini exhibition featuring various handicraft made by new converts.
Also in attendance at the gathering were Legislative Council member YB Orang Kaya Maha Bijaya Awang Haji Othman bin Uking, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Mohd ‘Abdoh bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Salam, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Harun bin Haji Junid, as well as directors and senior officials from the ministry and departments under it.