| Azlan Othman |
MUSLIMS in the Sultanate are urged to be wary of potential threats found on social media that could deviate the Ummah in a systematic manner through various sorts of teachings and deviant ideologies.
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali Rector Dr Norarfan bin Hj Zainal made this call yesterday in presenting a paper on ‘Distortion of Faith and its Relation to Social Problems’ at the two-day Social Problems Seminar held at the Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong.
“With the advancement of technology, many threats have surfaced. Dubious teachings quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and WhatsApp. Only those with strong faith and right religious background and knowledge would be spared from this deviant threat,” he said.
“Brunei Darussalam is not spared from social issues, including the dilution of religious foothold due to weak faith and principles affecting the world at present, and deviant teachings.
“The country’s determination in tackling and controlling the spread of deviant teachings is a wise move and should receive firm support from the community and Muslims in this country to ensure uniformity of foothold and approach of the Muslim Ummah in the country,” he added.
Deviant teachings taint the belief and faith of Muslims, threaten national security, destabilise social harmony and brings negative influences. It threatens the purity of faith and teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah – which has long been the way of life. It also brings about disintegration of Ummah, chaos and violence among society, friction in the family, disrupts the Islamic development agenda, and threatens national security.
To avoid being dragged into deviant acts, Ummah should enhance their religious knowledge, raise their doubts with religious experts, cooperate with concerned parties by lodging report of any religious individual/movement who/that brings dubious teachings, and set strong foothold in accordance with Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah and the national identity – through the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept.