Online meetings show importance of knowledge and technology, says Brunei Minister


Brunei Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Awang Badaruddin. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec 9 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): "Online meetings show the importance of knowledge, mastery of technology and infocommunications."

This was said by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Awang Badaruddin in a virtual meeting.

The Covid-19 outbreak made virtual meeting indispensable in helping prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus.

“This has strengthened our belief in the importance of knowledge and mastery of various skills. From our experience in Brunei Darussalam, we welcome and accept this method justified by Islamic law.”

He added as believers in Allah the Almighty, preventing and controlling the spread of infection are appropriate spiritual practices.

“While we seek for protection from the Almighty, we also pray that medical efforts will be successful and all will be safe and prosperous.

“That is how we endure Covid-19 calmly, without panic and with perseverance and patience. We are taught to believe that the outbreak did not come for nothing.

“There are wisdoms brought by Allah the Almighty to be pondered upon and there are valuable lessons to be learned. If a virus tests the body’s immunity or resistance level, then an epidemic or pandemic disaster is certainly more than that.”

The minister added that it “simultaneously tests our faith, mental and physical strength as well as spirituality hence it is a test to determine the quality of our humanity as Allah the Almighty’s creatures on earth”.

“In this year’s meeting, MABIMS Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 is important as it signifies our readiness to implement plans or programmes that meet MABIMS’ objectives.

“There are still programmes in the previous strategic plan which are considered successful and some still need to be implemented.

“With this year’s new strategic plan, we must continue to implement programmes that were not implemented before.

“I believe we all agree on its importance. It is a clear vision and mission for MABIMS to be a symbol of Islamic excellence in the archipelago. It can be achieved by fostering cooperation among MABIMS members in all aspects, especially in strengthening aqidah, syaksiah development and the well-being of Muslims.”

The minister also noted the five-year strategic plan is aimed at four focusses – aqidah of a well-established society through education and appreciation of religion; empowering the Muslim youth by strengthening their potentials; viable Muslim society as a result of social welfare; and Muslims as pillars of regional harmony.

He said to achieve the four strategic focusses, each will be borne by the coordinator of each member states – religious education and appreciation by Indonesia; social welfare by Malaysia; youth potential by Brunei; and regional harmony by Singapore.

The minister said the implementation process is certainly more challenging than planning and the next generation of MABIMS can continue the unfinished works.

“I am sure that they will not be negligent and they will be determined to realise the idealism of their predecessors. They will not forget that this strategic plan has been endorsed and be worked on for the next five years,” he concluded. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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