Roadshows to explain Syariah law

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GRADUATES call for the education of Syariah at a younger age and more roadshows to be implemented to aid public understanding.

Graduates in Bachelor of Syariah said this during the third Hafl al-Takharruj (convocation) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, yesterday.

From the 143 who graduated, six were in Master of Syariah and 43 in Bachelor of Syariah. Graduates in Syariah make up the largest batch of students in this year’s graduation.

Hafini Mahmud, 24, the recipient of the only first-class degree in Bachelor of Syariah (Fiqh and Usul) explained that to aid public understanding of Syariah, there should be roadshows for the public in straightforward language.

“Roadshows would not necessarily be held at mosques since most people who attend prayers are good and already understand Syariah. Why not have roadshows related to the Syariah at the Mall or educational centres? This is in order for members of public who are curious to understand Syariah laws to drop by.”

He explained that if the talks are too official or formal at a university not everyone would want to come and participate.

The graduate said that higher educational institutions including Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) could also have small roadshows for the public as well.

He went on to say that understanding of Syariah can begin at a young age through religious education, it can be explained simply but accurately.

He said that long winded explanations will only leave the public puzzled. “Other than lectures, and roadshows we need to go back to the fundamentals. In actual fact, from my understanding it starts with the family. If your family understands then, Insyaallah the children will understand as well.”

The graduate went on to say that understanding requires communication between the family, the government, educational institutions and also related government departments.

"Personally speaking we would want to see more people to learn Syariah and learn about Islam so that they can understand as well.” He noted that what he has learnt at university is “matching” with the Syariah Penal Code to be implemented in the country.

The Brunei Times also talked to Muhammad Nasruddin Bakhar, 22, Bachelor of Syariah (Fiqh and Judicial) who said that through lectures or seminars people can gain more knowledge about the Syariah penal code.

He said, “From primary school they should be more exposed to it, so that the public from a young age can gain an understanding of Syariah.”

The graduate went on to say that, from what he understands the public don’t have enough knowledge about the Syariah. The media has an important role in disseminating information, “Mass media such as television can play a role in showing a class or lecture which can be of interest to the public.”

His time at UNISSA as a student has deepened his knowledge about the Syariah law, “At first I thought the hudud law was that if you steal, your hand will be cut off immediately but in the classes I came to understand the complexity; the burden of proof isn’t so simple.”

“People don’t understand the law and they directly look at the hudud. They think it is just cutting off the hand and whipping but they don’t know the precise details. There are lectures in implementing the laws. What is important is that the laws aren’t easy to implement,” he said.

He noted that during his time at university they learnt about previous cases, the laws and how the cases are presented in courts. Another graduate, also agreed that Syariah law should be taught at a young age at school, Muhd Ameruddin Suhaili, 22, Bachelor of Syariah (Fiqh and Usul) said,” Education requires understanding and patience. It should be attractive and straightforward so that Syariah can be instilled from a young age.”

He said that as a student of UNISSA he will do his utmost to tell the public about Syariah and about the laws to aid understanding.

In terms of knowledge on the subject, he mentioned that in university they were taught in Arabic, English and Malay, “We know the language which was used for the religious teachings, which deepens our knowledge about Syariah.”

“I wish there are many people who want to learn about this course, since it is very important for Muslims to know about Syariah,” he said.

Nur Aqidah Jarudin, 23, Bachelor of Syariah (Fiqh and Usul), noted that Bruneians have been responding well and the public are in support of the Syariah Penal Code.

In terms of the negative responses she said that is derives from a lack of education from a young age. “There are misunderstandings in the current generation since there is a lack of religious education from a young age. For us to understand Syariah, we must gain knowledge of the subject and educate the young from an early age.”

She feels that more people should join and understand Syariah law since it gives advantages and benefits to realise our goal as a Zikir Nation.

The Knowledge Convention was held at the ICC between 22-28 October. During the convention the State Mufti Department and the Government Printing Department sold materials relating to the Syariah Penal Code which will be implemented in five months time.

The convention also included an exhibition educating the public on the Syariah penal code, which included a background to the legal system in Brunei and the contents of the code.

The Brunei Times