Brunei: Syariah Court encourages moderate weddings amid pandemic


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Jan 31 (Borneo Bulletin): Chief Syar’ie Judge Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Salim Haji Besar encouraged a moderate wedding setting after the positive feedback from the public who got married during the Covid-19 outbreak with the Syariah Court offering to conduct the ceremony intimately at its premises during the early days of the epidemic’s outbreak.

The chief Syar’ie judge said this at the Syariah Court Annual Assembly for 1442 Hijrah/2021 yesterday.

He cited the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) where a moderate wedding ceremony is encouraged, and if followed, will ease financial difficulties, especially during a pandemic.

Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Salim shared the encouraging number of marriages at 1,413 between April and August 2020, compared to 846 within the same period in 2019, while 1,044 solemnisations were conducted at the Syariah Court between March and September 2020.

The Syariah Court Annual Assembly was attended by Syariah Court members, who were greeted with an opening address from Syariah Appeal Court’s Chief Registrar Haji Muhammad Bahrin bin Haji Alias, during which he shared about the developments of the Syariah Court in the past year.

A video on Syariah Court’s services during the epidemic was screened along with slides of the Syariah Court’s activities.

The chief Syar’ie judge presented certificates of appreciation to officers and staff of the Syariah Court pursuing a career outside of the court, Service Excellence Awards to staff for 2020 and Special Appreciation Award to Dayangku Nurqistina binti Pengiran Hasanan.

Meanwhile, The Syariah Appeals Court chief registrar said the court completed 60 per cent of the cases in 2020, all within six months.

“The Syariah High Court has recorded 813 mal cases and 289 criminal cases, all of which reached completion within six months at the rate of over 70 per cent, while the Syariah Subordinate Court records over 80 per cent of mal and criminal cases completed within six months,” the judge said. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN
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