| Sabrina Mahmud |
THE two-day international seminar on “Sunnah Nabawiyyah and its Contemporary Challenges” ended yesterday with the presentation of resolutions after having reviewed the working papers delivered by various presenters. Organised by the Faculty of Usuluddin, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), one of the aims of the seminar was to expose the community to the importance of the Sunnah and the methods to understand it.
The participants had the opportunity to listen to a keynote address by Professor Dr Mohammed Abullais Shamsuddin, from the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah, International Islamic University of Malaysia, He discussed about the challenges of Sunnah in this era of globalisation. He mentioned that there are different groups of people who study Sunnah for different purposes or aims, which often resulted in various ‘ijtihad’ (thinking or views).
“Among the efforts to uphold the Sunnah as the second source of Syariah is organising an international seminar such as this. It is hoped that in this era of globalisation, Muslims will be able to master and make use of the latest technology such as the Internet to cooperate and be hand in hand in addressing and mitigating issues pertaining to Sunnah Nabawiyyah,” said the keynote speaker.
A total of 45 working papers were delivered in Arabic, Malay and English languages throughout the two days, with participants ranging from local and foreign academicians to representatives of government and private institutions as well as students of the higher institutions.
As part of the closing ceremony of the seminar, the resolution was read – in Arabic and in Malay. Dr Ustaz Haji Sulaiman bin Ibrahim el-Barruhiy, the Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Usuluddin, UNISSA, read the Malay version while Dr Sayyed Abd Hamid Al-Mahdaly, also a lecturer in the same faculty, read it in Arabic.
The resolution seeks the attention from the relevant authorities as well as Islamic universities around the world. It is hoped that the proposed resolutions would be implemented as soon as possible.
Strengthening the role of Al-Quran Al-Karim in upholding the authority of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a source of Islamic law and giving confidence to the community that the secret of consolidation and progress depends on how far they hold onto to Sunnah Nabawiyyah, theoretically and practically, was one of the proposed resolutions.
Also proposed in the resolution was to include the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the syllabus of all fields of study and to analyse and extract the rulings and teachings found in the texts as well to use the Sunnah of the Prophet as the source of discipline and methodology of the humanities and society.
Considering the ever-revolving era we are living in right now, it is also mentioned in the resolution to make use of the advanced information technology and modern telecommunication to disseminate authentic hadith and give awareness to the community of the importance of following the Sunnah in all areas of life.
It was also proposed in the resolution to develop a Sunnah Nabawiyyah Research Centre of an international standard at UNISSA that will focus on the study Sunnah Nabawiyyah and its current challenges.
A recitation of Doa Selamat by Dr Sayyed Abd Hamid Al-Mahdaly concluded the seminar.