Sermon calls for show of patriotism
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THIS year’s National Day theme, ‘Generasi Berwawasan’ or generation with a vision, according to the Friday sermon yesterday, encourages the public to strive hard, be competitive, fearless of change, open minded, creative and innovative in performing their tasks or duties.
The Friday sermon yesterday emphasised these qualities as a build up to the 30th National Day of Brunei Darussalam, which will be celebrated tomorrow, Sunday February 23.
‘Generasi Berwawasan’ also means that the people must be highly ambitious, dynamic and progressive which will initiate the country’s progress and development.
Residents and citizens of the country must always be grateful to the ‘nikmat’ (blessing) of independence and continue to uphold the core values of being a Bruneian and to protect themselves from negative influences. Brunei, celebrating its 30th anniversary of independence, is already considered “mature” under the leadership of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. There has been immense progress and development as well as improvements in terms of infrastructure and the people’s standards of living compared to 30 years ago.
This is proven with the numerous highly-skilled individuals and professionals such as doctors, engineers and lawyers who are Bruneians, underlined the sermon.
Economic development has also been robust since Brunei achieved its independence in 1984.
All citizens and residents in the country must show patriotism to realise the country’s vision and aspiration of Wawasan 2035, the sermon mentioned.
With the implementation of Syariah law too, it will help strengthen Islam as the official religion which will ensure the well-being of not just Muslims but also non-muslims in the country. It is also the utmost responsibility for all Muslims to accept the law whole-heartedly without any hesitations, not just abiding to some and ignoring the rest, as stated in the Al-Quran.
The sermon also reminded all Muslims to attend the mass ‘Doa Kesyukuran’ (thanksgiving ceremony), Maghrib, Hajat and Isya’ prayers followed by the recitation of Surah Yasin on tonight.
The focal point for the prayers and thanksgiving doa will be the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in the capital.
The Brunei Times