Youth a valuable asset, says deputy minister

Lyna Mohamad

Youth are a valuable asset, as well as the backbone and strength for the nation’s future, who need to be nurtured, educated and guided, said Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar.

“This will enable the nation to produce youth who are able to carry the roles and responsibilities of religious preaching in a complete and correct manner,” he said at the launching of the Da’wah Academy 3.0 yesterday.

He described the youthful participants in the programme as “ready to face the current challenges, while possessing physical and mental endurance and strength – they come from a productive generation who are competitive, visionary, dynamic and spirited to continue in their endeavours to the end”.

On the theme for the third edition of the programme, the minister deputy noted, “It conveys the impression of a Muslim youth tasked with carrying out trust and responsibility in meeting the objectives as an Ummah Rabbani through the Dakwah approach.

“Hence, in learning and honing their preaching skills, the participating youth will need to be exposed to knowledge in the form of methodology and the like.”

The deputy minister said, “Muslim youth are expected to be courageous in stepping forward and taking on an important role in elevating the dignity of Islam through an effective Dakwah approach and defending it from external elements.”

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar during the launch. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

He quoted an excerpt from 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 5th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading (Tilawah) Competition in 2011: “The youth play an important role in realising huge responsibilities in elevating the good name of Islam, as well as defending it from being beset by irresponsible elements.”

The deputy minister also urged the participants to learn from the examples shown by Muslim youth, while adding that “the programme is a training field for the participants, so that they can contribute towards religion, the people and the nation”.

He also reminded them to cultivate sincerity in their intentions, as well as humility, modesty and respect for the views of others.

“They should also be organised and cautious in making judgements. Although they are keen to bring about changes, these changes must be relevant to the nation’s goals which cover community and religious life,” he said.

The deputy minister then pointed to the efforts made by the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI), in collaboration with the Youth Religious Programme (PKB) and Belia Da’ie Volunteers, in organising the programme as “most significant, which should continue to be carried out. I believe that the collaboration is aimed at enhancing quality in terms of the participants’ credibility and self-confidence when facing the public later on”.

He urged agencies such as PDI, the Mosque Affairs Department and other departments under the Ministry of Religious Affairs to continue to collaborate in the planning of programmes for improving the quality of young Da’ie, in addition to enhancing their sense of professionalism.

“This for the survival of community and religious life in our country, according to Mazhab Shafi’e of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, so that we will continue to hold firm to the principles of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) and make Brunei Darussalam into a Zikir Nation,” he said.