State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned in a special sermon touched on the significance of Doa and prayers in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. He said until May, positive cases have reached 161,069,132 globally while 3,344,521 deaths have been recorded and no one knows when the pandemic will end.
The State Mufti also highlighted the significance of Doa in seeking mercy and forgiveness as the pandemic may be due to sins from mankind and that gaining blessings is crucial.
He said, “If this pandemic ends, it is not because of our fight, but graciousness from Allah the Almighty to retract the pandemic. And those who recovered from the pandemic infection which now totals 138,860,868 is also the work from Allah the Almighty.”
The State Mufti also said it is not wrong for Muslims to take the vaccine as long as efforts are pure, do not bring harm and have strong religious belief. Muslims are also encouraged to vaksin ketuhanan or invoking Allah the Almighty’s help by supplicating.
The State Mufti added that Muslims should also practise reciting Doa Qunut against COVID-19.
Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz also said 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 also encourages and leads the recitation of Zikir and reading of Doa against calamity, especially COVID-19.
“His Majesty recited Doa in the previous titah,” he noted. “His Majesty also called on recitation of Surah Yaasiin daily on state broadcasts.”
The State Mufti called on Ummah to donate as “it saves us, get rid of calamity and cure disease. We glorify Sedekah (alms), Doa, Zikir and Al-Quran and to not neglect the standard operating procedures”.