Talk helps women build happy families

Azlan Othman

The Muslimah Affairs Section in cooperation with Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Takmir committee members held a religious talk on ‘Building a family of Sakinah, Mawaddah Warrahmah’ to mark the silver jubilee of the mosque. The talk was held to build happy families based on Islamic teachings.

The spouse of the Minister of Religious Affairs Datin Hajah Nahriah binti Haji Asbi was the guest of honour.

Senior officers and female staff from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Takmir committee members and women mentoring classes attended the talk.

The talk aimed to provide an understanding and awareness on women’s role in building a happy, loving family, so that they may receive the blessings of Allah the Almighty. It also highlighted the elements that can disrupt harmony in a household (including emotional and physical abuse), and how to overcome them.

The programme hoped to teach female worshippers how to act quickly to solve household problems, as it could have a negative effect on children, resulting in behaviours such as being rebellious, running away from home, involvement in social ills, drugs and so on. The programme also hoped to encourage the women to adopt a spirit of helping one another.

The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by the guest of honour, followed by the religious talk. Haji Jaya bin Haji Metussin from the Department of Islamic Studies was the facilitator. The panellists included Assistant Professor at the Usuluddin Faculty of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Mohammad Khairul Nazif bin Haji Awang Damit, Religious Officer of Family Counselling Services Division of Syariah Affairs Department Muhammad Hanif bin Haji Shaari and Head of Family, Women, Children and Counselling at the Community Development Department (JAPEM) Siti Zaharah binti Haji Abdul Razak.

The event continued with a presentation of souvenirs to forum members by the guest of honour.

ABOVE & BELOW: Datin Hajah Nahriah binti Haji Asbi, the spouse of the Minister of Religious Affairs at the event; and the panellists at the talk. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN