| Azlan Othman |
TEACHINGS that are not in line with the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah are seldom heard in Brunei Darussalam but do occur in neighbouring countries and the spread of such Shiite teachings are feared in the Sultanate, the Director of the Mazhab Shafi’e Research Centre, Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani, of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), said yesterday.
To better teach and understand the Shafi’e Sect, which is one of the sects based on 12-century old Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, the university will hold a series of talks open to the public, on the teachings of the Shafi’e Sect, in answer to a call made by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, during his titah at the university’s last convocation in November 2014.
“The talk will be organised by the Mazhab Shafi’e Research Centre, which is the only one of its kind in the world as a source of reference and research,” Dr Abdul Nasir said.
His Majesty has urged the research centre to play a crucial role against the development of teachings not in line with what Brunei practises.
Dr Abdul Nasir said the public lecture will be the beginning of the dissemination of such information.
“It is also in line with the monarch’s aspiration to make Brunei Darussalam a nation of Zikir. UNISSA is sharing its expertise to relay information, a service to the public to guide and give advice,” he added.
The talks will be facilitated in the Malay language every Saturday afternoon at UNISSA’s Jubilee Hall, beginning on February 28.
The content of the talks will include an introduction to the life history of Imam Shafi’e, to share knowledge on the contributions made by Imam Shafi’e in Fiqh and Usul Al-Fiqh (Islamic jurispudence) as well as to showcase his writings for expanding knowledge. They will also cover the imam’s predecessor, the specialty of the Shafi’e Sect compared to other sects, and the spread and practice of this school of thought in Brunei.
Entry to the talk will be free of charge.