Parents and children were told to make full use of quality time they spend together by keeping aside their electronic gadgets when dining out and get-togethers.
Decent values also need to be inculcated among children while family institution, teachers and society play a crucial role in shaping the younger generation.
These comments were made by panellists at a forum to mark Islamic New Year 1442 Hijrah at Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Wakeel Mosque, Mukim Kiudang in the Tutong District yesterday. The forum carried the theme ‘Causes of social issues among youth and ways to overcome it’.
The Head of Mosque Youth of Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Wakeel Mosque Haji Khairulizam bin Haji Jefrey, chairing the forum said it was sad to note that parents and children are glued to their gadgets when they dine at restaurants.
“They should spend more quality time together to foster ties,” he said. Haji Khairulizam said the COVID-19 pandemic allowed parents and children to bond as they spent more time at home praying together.
He said parents’ advice and supplication are paramount, especially when children are in need of help and want someone to talk to.
“Sometimes children seek happiness outside their home.”
Panellist Usuluddin Faculty of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Assistant Lecturer Haji Mohd Khairul Nazif bin Haji Damit said Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught noble values besides knowledge.
He said youth should not only possess valuable knowledge but also decent values.
Haji Mohd Khairul Nazif called on children to respect parents and teachers. “We tend to wrongly interpret parents’ advice, but the fact is that they work round the clock for us,” he added.
He also called on youth to get closer to the mosque as during Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) period, all consultations and discussions began at mosques.
Meanwhile, regarding social issues rampant at present, Head of Mosque Youth of Kampong Junjongan Mosque Mohammad Waiz bin Tajuddin said four institutions are important in shaping youth.
Parents are the first teacher of a child and they should also monitor who the children’s friends are, he said.
Teachers also play a role in children’s life while the way they dress and appear are often imitated by the students. Children follow their characteristics and they become the students’ role models. Society also helps mould children, he said.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious) at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang was the chief guest.
The forum was organised by the Mosque Affairs Department and the Youth and Sports Department as well as mosque Takmir committee of Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Wakeel Mosque.
The religious gathering was held to observe the new Islamic calendar, to give an impact on Hijrah or migration as well as to give an opportunity to youth to interact with senior officers at the ministry and to listen to the negative impact of social issues such as misuse of drugs.
It was also an avenue for parents to listen and monitor their children’s activities.
Similar programmes will be conducted in the other districts.