The 12th Borneo Islamic International Conference (KAIB) and 2nd Borneo International Halal Showcase (BIHAS) concluded with resolutions such as the empowerment of the Halal industry and the preservation of ancient Jawi manuscripts throughout Borneo.
The two-day event jointly organised by Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak came to a close at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday.
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar was the guest of honour.
Chairperson of 12th KAIB cum Deputy Rector of Students Affairs at UiTM Sarawak Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Isa bin Mohamadin said that the knowledge being shared, absorbed and put into action would guide the progress of the Ummah in this region.
This was followed with a forum entitled Ilmu dan Amal Penentu Kebitaraan Ummah chaired by Acting Deputy Ra’es of KUPU SB Dr Abang Haji Hadzmin bin Abang Haji Taha.
The panellists included Rector of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, Associate Professor of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah at KUPU SB Associate Professor Dr Syamsul Bahri Andi Galigo and Rector of UiTM Sabah Datu Associate Professor Dr Haji Abdul Kadir bin Haji Rosline @ Ruslim.
Dr Haji Norarfan explained that knowledge is the key to success in achieving the prosperity of life in this world and in the hereafter.
He also pointed out that there are two types of knowledge that need to be absorbed: Fardhu ‘Ain, which is an obligation for every Muslim; and Fardhu Kifayah, which is knowledge required in certain fields such as technology, agriculture and interpretation.
Later, a deliberation on the resolution paper was presented by Co-Head of the Committee and Repertoire of 12th KAIB Dr Haji Matussein bin Haji Jumat.
Among the resolutions were the empowerment of the Halal market based on the legal and practical practice of Halal law in a meaningful manner and consistent with the security and welfare of the people; and intensifying the curriculum and co-curriculum by integrating knowledge and charity into educational institutions based on the spiritual, physical, intellectual, moral, social, and professional aspects of community teaching.
Other resolutions included empowering the Waqaf (personal endowment) and tithe institutions through integrated research and development among the government, private, religious and academic sectors in Borneo; strengthening Islamic education through the advancement of digital technology, in collaboration with institutions of higher learning in Borneo in the face of Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Industrial Revolution 5.0; promoting the mosque an educational platform for enhancing and upholding Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah teachings and as a fundamental principle in the life of the Ummah by focussing on Islamic knowledge, charity and Islamic teachings with wisdom; and strengthening the teaching and learning of Al-Quran and Islamic education at all levels of educational institutions.
The resolutions also called for the empowerment of the Halal industry through a unified integration between the government and the private sector towards the economic development of Muslims living in accordance with Maqasid Syariah; and the preservation of Jawi and Turath (cultural heritage) books through the study of manuscripts across Borneo.
The resolution paper was presented by Ra’es of KUPU SB Dr Haji Adanan bin Haji Basar to Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom.
The event continued with the presentation of the organising letter by Dr Haji Adanan to Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Isa for UiTM Sarawak as the host of the 13th KAIB next year, which was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.