Amid formidable challenges brought about by globalisation and info-communication advancement, Muslim youth in the Southeast Asian region must be inculcated with values of purity, as they are purveyors for the next generation, in particular to nurture the golden age of Islamic civilisation and for spreading the goodness and blessings of Islam to mankind, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office said in a sabda last evening.
Delivering the sabda on the occasion of the opening of the 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition for 1441 Hijrah/2019 at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, His Royal Highness said the biennial competition serves as a platform to unite youth from different socio-cultural backgrounds in the region, towards strengthening Islamic teachings by glorifying Al-Quran.
This year, a total of 11 Qaris and 11 Qariahs from the Southeast Asian region including Brunei will showcase their Al-Quran reading skills. Bruneian Qari and Qariah Ahmad Zulwaqar bin Suhaili and Dayangku Amal Zahirah binti Pengiran Haji Jofri were winners of the Qari and Qariah categories in the last edition in 2017.
His Royal Highness said the competition serves as a golden opportunity for the region’s youth to renew existing unity and friendship, as well as enhancing community to community interaction, as a foundation of harmonious ties between the region’s different races and religions. This, His Royal Highness said correlates with the same goal of generating youth that read and study Al-Quran as a regular practice, especially towards shaping a generation that is appreciative of Al-Quran, as the seamless source for life guidance.
His Royal Highness added that the youth play an important role in steering the region’s future that is filled with various challenges.
“Hence, this competition is also envisioned to become a stage to shape youth with better and holistic characters, in line with the titah of my father, who urged the youth to exercise vigilance and be wise in selecting the transformation they want, so they will not easily fall into something that is forbidden by Allah the Almighty.”
His Royal Highness also urged for collective efforts to ensure the youth are constantly equipped with inclusive characters, because he said the future relies on virtuous characters that are ready to advance themselves, the community and the Ummah as a whole.
“I have big hopes to see this competition constantly improved, as a way to bring the region’s Muslims closer towards Al-Quran. The appreciation of policies and teachings of Al-Quran are elements that will continuously guarantee our shared peace, harmony and prosperity,” His Royal Highness added.
His Royal Highness also reiterated His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah during the recent Civil Service Day 2019, where His Majesty emphasised on the importance of trust.
“The youth must brace themselves towards taking on responsibilities as heirs of race and nation. A trustworthy character will bring blessings and practising Al-Quran reading and appreciating its deeper meanings. With a trustworthy character the youth can uphold justice in all aspects of life.”