Extend Al-Quran education to all secondary schools: Sultan

|     Hakim Hayat     |

TO FURTHER enhance Al-Quran education in the country, 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 has called for Al-Quran reading in religious schools to be extended to secondary schools nationwide.

In his titah delivered yesterday evening at the conclusion of the annual National Al-Quran Reading Competition for Adults at the International Convention Centre (ICC), His Majesty noted that the level of Al-Quran reading among Bruneians might be disparate, despite having a decent understanding of Al-Quran through the application of the subject in schools.

Formally, Al-Quran education is offered for the duration of at least six years in religious schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), while being a compulsory subject for the students enrolled in Arabic schools.

“I hope that Al-Quran education can also be extended to secondary schools under the Ministry of Education (MoE) and private schools. I would like to see students (in secondary schools) receiving Islamic Religious Knowledge, as well as specialised Al-Quran education,” said His Majesty.

The monarch expressed the hope that the relevant parties would come up with a practical initiative towards the constant development of Al-Quran reading skills, which he said is suited to the theme ‘Empowering Al-Quran Reading’ for this year’s competition.

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; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik arrive at the ICC
His Majesty delivers the titah at the National Al-Quran Reading Competition for Adults 1440 Hijrah
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, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, talks with the champion Qari and participants
His Majesty accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses talks to the champion Qariah and participants. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

In the titah, His Majesty also urged government ministries and departments to adopt an Al-Quran and Hadith-centric approach in its policies.

“To receive blessings in this life, we must return to Al-Quran. It is a book from Allah the Almighty and a guide to the right path. It is not enough to merely affirm the truth of Al-Quran. We must be willing to accept the direction, authority and laws of Al-Quran,” His Majesty said.

In this respect, His Majesty urged for efforts in national development to be based on the direction, authority and laws of Al-Quran while also calling upon government ministries, departments and sections to evaluate its policies, philosophy, mission, vision and goals as well as forming a strategic plan to run in accordance with the contents of Al-Quran and Hadiths.

“Hopefully with the initiatives and action from all parties, especially those concerned, everything will go as planned, and the task of empowering Al-Quran reading can be managed more effectively,” said the monarch.