HRH calls for better understanding of Syariah law

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HIS Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, has called on youth to improve their understanding of the Syariah Penal Code.

In his sabda at the opening of the Sixth Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition (Musabaqah Tilawatil) last night, HRH said it is only with understanding of the Syariah law that people would be able to access its benefits for the well-being of society.

“Youth in the country should come forward and provide support in the implementation of Allah’s (SWT) commandments, laws and regulations based on the Al-Quran and Sunnah,” said the Crown Prince.

“The Syariah Penal Code will ensure justice and peace to all mankind with the confidence that what comes from Allah (SWT) is for the benefit of society,” HRH said.

HRH further said the Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition is important in reinforcing and strengthening youth in the region.

This ensures adherence to the teachings of Al-Quran in the face of challenges posed by globalisation, HRH added.

Touching on regional solidarity, the Crown Prince commended the involvement of youth in the ASEAN Young Professional Volunteer Corps, an initiative of Brunei as chair of ASEAN 2013.

His Royal Highness spoke of the importance of charity to achieve the goals of ASEAN Community 2015, but more importantly, helping the community in need is encouraged in Islam.

The Crown Prince said: “We want our Muslim youth to be sincere in their actions by following the teachings of Al-Quran. By the grace of Allah (SWT), people in the region can stay united and cooperate in welfarematters which in turn will reap blessings in their lives.” His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik accompanied the Crown Prince at the opening of the competition which took place at the International Convention Centre.

During the opening ceremony, Minister of Culture Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah said the competition aimed to create a network of cooperation and understanding among youths from the region.

Seventeen Qari (male Quran readers) and Qariah (female Quran readers) will participate in the three-day competition. This year marks the first year all ASEAN members sent participants. The first day of competition saw six Qari and Qariah compete from Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia.

Fahrur Raqib Abdul Majid, 23, commended Brunei for hosting the competition.

The first-time participant from Malaysia is studying Accounting at the Multimedia University in Melaka. Through the competition, he has found a difference between the countries such as clothing and language but finds: “We all are in one mission; the Al-Quran.”

Another participant from Singapore Farah Diana Afandi, 19, echoed the Crown Prince’s sabda, noting that the competition strengthens camaraderie among ASEAN countries by bringing them together for the Quran.

The Brunei Times