Friday sermon highlights importance of consultation in Islam

|     Azlan Othman     |

THE ongoing 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting was the main subject of yesterday’s Friday sermon, which described the process of consultation as integral to the concept of Islamic leadership.

“Consultation is a sign of unity of among the Ummah, especially in making decisions for the administration and management of the country, ministries, departments and so on. Through consultation, transparency occurs, as all information will be shared with the relevant parties before any legislation, policy and decisions are made,” said Imams during the sermon.

In reference to the less encouraging gross domestic product (GDP) growth following a drop in oil prices, as mentioned in the titah of 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 at the opening of the 15th Legislative Council meeting, the sermon urged, “The Ummah must enhance our potential to boost our economy in various fields, such as business and entrepreneurship.

“Businesses have the potential to expand the economic growth of the nation and provide job opportunities to the citizens, thus reducing unemployment. We are grateful to Allah the Almighty, that the government is still able to allocate the budget for the development and well-being of the people.

“With the drop in global oil prices affecting the country’s economy, we must be convinced that any test in the form of difficulties will end with relief. We should work hard and never give up, while also praying for Allah the Almighty to guide us in the move towards nation-building and for the sake of the people.”