Fighting crime is everyone’s responsibility: Imams

Azlan Othman

Maintaining national security and welfare should not be solely shouldered by the police; it also requires cooperation from the community, Imams said yesterday.

“We should not push the responsibility to the police. Cooperation and solid ties between the police and other enforcement agencies, stakeholders and the community are very much needed,” they said in their Friday sermon.

“As citizens and residents, we must work hand-in-hand with the police to wipe out criminal activities and uphold peace and stability,” the Imams said, adding that Islam encourages the Ummah to look after each other’s welfare.

They added, “The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) is among the oldest agencies in the country. Since its establishment, the police have been faced with obstacles in tackling both traditional and non-traditional crimes, in addition to cyber threats.

“Despite these challenges, the police are always ready to serve the public and uphold the nation’s sovereignty, as well as empower stability, development and socio-economic growth from threats that could destabilise the community and the nation.”

The Imams also said peace and prosperity enjoyed by the nation are blessings from Allah the Almighty.

“We as citizens and residents should be grateful and continue to pray to Allah the Almighty that such a blessing is everlasting by intensifying our Zikir (remembrance of Allah the Almighty), to perform good deeds and refrain from committing wrongdoings,” they added.

The Imams said, “Our religion emphasises peace and prosperity within the family, community and the nation. The RBPF, among the public security agencies, has been entrusted with the responsibility of being the main pillar of peace, prosperity and harmony in the family, community and the nation.”

The Imams urged the Ummah to pray to Allah the Almighty for the police in particular, and the public in general to be given strong faith, knowledge, mental and physical strengths, and limitless perseverance in executing tasks and responsibilities to uphold peace and stability.