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Staying safe with strong religious practices

Rokiah Mahmud

Brunei Darussalam firmly holds on to the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy as it works towards becoming a Zikir Nation, and the people keeping Allah the Almighty close to their hearts. At the same time, it is hoped that the people will continue to live in peace and tranquility.

Deputy State Mufti Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Japar bin Haji Mat Dain @ Maidin said initiatives must be made to invite the community to incorporate Islamic teachings into their everyday lives. This will ensure peace and tranquility will also be enjoyed by the generations to come.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Japar yesterday highlighted this while delivering his paper during the ‘Understanding of Divine Vaccine and Religious SOP Education Seminar’ at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

The seminar was held in conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 (Brunei MYCE 2022).

The deputy state mufti explained that divine vaccine is a religious practice – Doa or supplication, recitation of Zikir, Selawat, Istighfar, reading of Al-Quran – that has its own strength in repelling disasters or calamities.

He added that Allah the Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) outlined the importance of practising religious standard operating procedures (SOP) to keep followers safe from harm.

“Divine vaccine is vital in facing the COVID-19 challenges; in fact, it is helping us realise our goal of becoming a Zikir Nation. For this, the Sultanate requires its people to stand strong by Allah the Almighty, so that He would continue to bless and watch over us.

“As subjects of the country, it is required of us to remain obedient and refrain from engaging in all that is prohibited by Allah the Almighty. Eventually, this will bring us blessed, peaceful and harmonious lives as Rahmat (blessings) from Allah the Almighty,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Japar added.

Deputy State Mufti Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Japar bin Haji Mat Dain @ Maidin delivers his premier paper
A section of the attendees at the talk. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR