Brunei needs quality religious teachers: HM

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HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said effective teaching methods should be adopted to produce quality religious teachers, at the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College’s (KUPU SB) third convocation yesterday.

His Majesty, as KUPU SB’s Chancellor, delivered his titah in front of 275 new graduates at the International Convention Centre, Berakas.

Brunei will always need religious teaching staff who are competent and resilient, capable of shaping their students’ syaksiah (personality), His Majesty said.

He added that shaping students’ syaksiah must begin from the early development of children to create robust members of the community who are free from negative influences such as crimes, social ills and deviant understanding that threatens the umat (community) and country.

“With robust community members, I am confident that our desire to see this country be a truly Baldatun Tayyibatun Warabbun Ghafur will be realised,” the monarch said.

The chancellor hoped that KUPU SB will not only produce quality religious teachers, but also a human resource equipped with religious knowledge and the required skills, which will stem from strong and comprehensive teaching training methods.

His Majesty also touched on the development of KUPU SB’s Jawi and Turath scriptures programme, noting its commendable progress.

The programme, known as Studies of Turath scriptures in Malay Language, was offered to the public through KUPU SB academic programmes and a special study programme.

“Jawi writing and studies of Turath scriptures need to be defended, because Jawi is the identity of our nation, while the studies of Turath scriptures are valuable Islamic knowledge heritage,” said His Majesty.

In line with KUPU SB’s uniqueness as the leader of Islamic education in the Sultanate, His Majesty views KUPU SB as the institution most suitable to offer or handle academic programmes in the field of Jawi writing and Turath scriptures as the pillar of Islamic excellence in the country.

Touching upon aqidah issues faced by the Muslim world today, His Majesty expressed hope that relevant parties will not take these issues lightly, because it can cause one to go astray and affect national security and religious harmony that the nation has enjoyed so far.

By strengthening aqidah, it will also strengthen the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, His Majesty said.

“I am optimistic that the Centre for Research for Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah understanding, established in the last two years, will be more meaningful if it continues to be consistent (in organising) its academic activities, and assisting the relevant governmental agencies to deepen their understanding of the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty also expressed confidence in the centre’s progress, but also noted that efforts to strengthen and develop (the centre) would still be lacking, if not accompanied by full enforcement of the country’s existing laws.

Therefore, commitment and cooperation from all in managing issues related to deviant teachings and entry of contradicting understanding is needed.

Concluding his titah, His Majesty expressed hope that the graduates would contribute their knowledge to the development of the country’s religious education and the community in general.

The Brunei Times