Essence of hijrah emphasised

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BRUNEI-MUARA

TO BE closer to Allah (SWT), the heart needs to change for the better, said the acting assistant raes of Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) yesterday.

“This is the most important form of hijrah,” said Dr Hj Adanan Hj Besar, on the sidelines of a dawn lecture for the Brunei-Muara ‘Riadah Hijrah’ activity.

Dr Hj Adanan was invited to speak at the dawn lecture which was held at Kg Salambigar Mosque. The religious activity saw the attendance of the Minister of Religious Affairs.

The new Islamic year is marked with the hijrah (migration) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) from Mekah to Madinah. The hijrah was a command from Allah (SWT) with the aim of propagating the eminence of Islam.

In the current context, it is associated with a change of personality and attitude within a Muslim, to gain forgiveness and blessings from Allah (SWT).

Dr Hj Adanan’s talk revolved around the need to appreciate the importance of hijrah through appreciation and practice of Islamic teachings as well as the sunnah (traditions) of Rasulullah (SAW) in our daily lives.

Speaking to hundreds of participants that comprised Ministry Of Religious Affairs personnel, Kg Salambigar and Kg Sg Hanching Mosque Takmir Committee members as well as invited guests, Dr Hj Adanan highlighted several sunnah of the Prophet, when practised can contribute to the strengthening of Muslim ummah (community).

Strengthening the saf (prayer rows) during prayers, practising siwak which is cleaning teeth with kayu arak (twig of the Salvadore Persica tree), and performing qiamulail (the act of performing prayers and other religious acts at night to be closer to Allah SWT) were some of the practices that can help one be closer to Allah SWT, and strengthen relationships among Muslims through acts of worship.

The need to straighten the saf (lines/rows) and close the gaps in the lines is the condition for the completeness or perfection of the prayers, said Dr Hj Adanan.

He emphasised that congregants must make sure that there were no gaps between them.

Also, performing prayers in a jemaah (congregation) symbolised Muslim unity as it strengthened ties and relationships.

On the importance of siwak (teeth-brushing), Dr Hj Adanan elaborated that whether a person brushes his teeth before starting with his ablution or while rinsing his mouth during ablution, he was doing something good and was acting according to the sunnah of Rasulullah (SAW).

In addition to engaging in qiamulail, Muslims are advised and encouraged to continuously offer doa (supplicate) to Allah (SWT) for their well-being.

“Those three acts are just some examples where we can achieve strength (as a Muslim) and blessings from Allah (SWT),” Dr Hj Adanan said.

He also commented on the positive turnout of the day’s activity.

“The public response was very encouraging. We have many people coming in to perform Subuh prayer as well as to listen to the talk. The lecture managed to grab their attention and many also asked questions,” he said.

After the lecture, the participants walked 2.2km from the Kg Salambigar Mosque to Kg Sg Hanching Mosque as part of the Mosque Affairs Department’s effort to foster closer relationships amongst the community and create awareness on healthy lifestyle as part of their New Islamic Year 1435 celebration.

The Brunei Times