Strengthen religious teachings, says minister

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) hopes religious activities such as the Dakwah Academy programme will be a catalyst to cultivate religious teachings and practices, attitudes and understanding that are correct and have become the religious identity of the country, said Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

He made these comments as the guest of honour when 40 participants received certificates to mark their completion of the Dakwah Academy 2.0 (AD2.0) programme during a convocation ceremony at the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI) yesterday.

The guest of honour also expressed his appreciation to the organisers for taking the initiative to hold the second Dakwah Academy.

Following the speech, the event continued with the announcement of results by the chairperson of the judging committee.

The guest of honour presented prizes and certificates, beginning with the Dakwah Academy 2.0 Participant Awards (Standard and Intensive Achievement 2019 and certificate) to the 40 recipients.

ABOVE & BELOW: Guest of honour Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman presents the prize to Best Da’ie Muslimin Award winner Muhammad Iman bin Abdullah Haji Ibrahim (above) and Best Da’ie Muslimah Award winner Hajah Norhidayatul Mukminah binti Haji Puteh. – PHOTOS: DANIAL NORJIDI

The Best Du’at Muslimin Award was won by the Syababul Mujtahidin group comprising team members Awangku Muhd Ajrun’ Azhim bin Pengiran Julkipli, Muhammad Hilmi bin Haji Abu Bakar, Mohammad Najihuddin bin Nooralizam, Md Fuad bin Irwan, Awangku Aminor Ridhwan bin Pengiran Amir Hamzah, Muhammad Iman bin Abdullah Haji Ibrahim and Md Atiq bin Irwan.

The winner of the Best Du’at Muslimah Award went to the Fatimah Az-Zahra group, comprising team members Nur Shahirah binti Haji Bakar, Fathin Khairunnisa binti Mat Japar, Hajah Norhidayatul Mukminah binti Haji Puteh, Hajah Nur Farhanah binti Haji Sulaihe, Nurasmee Ezzati binti Noor Halim and Nur Samzaida Munawarah binti Abdullah Sambut.

The Best Da’ie Muslimin Award went to Muhammad Iman, who also won the awards for Best Da’ie in Writing and Best Da’ie in Poster Design.

The Best Da’ie Muslimah Award, meanwhile, was presented to Hajah Norhidayatul Mukminah.

In addition, the Best Da’ie in Video Production Award went to Md Fuad, while the Best Da’ie in General Speaking Award went to Nuur Siti Zaharatun Ainne binti Haji Ya’akob, Nur Samzaida Munawarah and Mohammad Najihuddin.

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religious) at the MoRA Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang and senior officers from the MoRA were also present.

The AD2.0, themed Generasi Pendakwah Muda, Pemangkin Ummah Rabbani, was a programme organised by the Da’ie Youth Volunteer Body Committee under the auspices of the PDI and Youth Religious Programme, MoRA.

According to a press release, the programme, which took place from January to May, was generally aimed at producing youth pendakwah to become Da’ie (preachers) and also become mentors or guides to the next line of Da’ie.

Additionally, the programme aimed to raise awareness on the importance of preaching in the correct way and to give Da’ie the ability to implement Dakwah in their respective fields, as well as to give exposure to the public regarding the establishing of youth Da’ie as a platform for preaching, especially to young people.

Yesterday’s ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Mosque Affairs Officer at Kampong Pintu Malim Mosque Haji Muhammad Azrol Alim bin Haji Zaini, followed by welcoming remarks from PDI Director Haji Abdul Rajid bin Haji Mohd Salleh.

The event continued with the presentation of certificates of appreciation to the facilitators and sponsors.

The proceedings also saw a closing video, which included a compilation from the AD2.0 programme sessions, before concluding with closing remarks by the guest of honour.