| Azlan Othman |
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) will hold a series of public talks on understanding the teachings of the Shafi’ Sect to answer the call made by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during his titah at the last convocation of the university in November last year.
The monarch had urged the Shafi’ Sect Research Centre of UNISSA to play a crucial role against development of any teachings that are not in line with the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
The aspirated objectives of the public talks are to introduce the life history of Imam Al-Shafi’, to disseminate knowledge on the contributions made by Imam Al-Shafi’ in Fiqh and Usul Al-Fiqh as well as to showcase his writing and to glorify his superiority in expanding knowledge as an example for Muslims throughout the civilisation.
Shafi’ Sect is among those based on Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, which has reached 12 centuries. The Imam, who left behind priceless knowledge and heritage to Muslims, was also an advocate for Madrasah al-Hadith.
The public talks will be delivered in Malay every Saturday afternoon at UNISSA’s Jubilee Hall starting February 28.
The content of the talks includes the birth of Imam Al-Shafi’ and his predecessor, his legacy, his phase of acquiring knowledge, his phase of learning and administering, his writing in Fiqh, scholars’ views of him, the specialty of the Shafi’ Sect compared to other sects, the spreading and practice of Shafi’i sect in Brunei Darussalam
The public talk is free. Through such talks, participants could gain knowledge and new experiences, share information with colleagues, strengthen their knowledge, know more about his legacy as well as to love and appreciate his sacrifice in expanding Islamic knowledge whilst consolidating the country’s foothold towards Shafi’ sect.