Be grateful to Allah’s blessings: HM
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam reminded the _ummah _not to be mesmerised by material wealth and modern technology, and to always remember Allah’s (SWT) blessings.
In his _titah _yesterday during the Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration, the monarch said divine favour does not come from material possessions or technological advances.
He reminded Bruneians that they benefit from an “abundance of blessings” unlike their Muslim brethren in many parts of the world.
“After the month-long fast, we are celebrating blissful Aidil Fitri in comfort, peace and harmony. And it is at such a time that we are likely to remember our Muslim brothers, who are suffering from a multitude of calamities, such as natural disasters and ravages of war,” he said at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
His Majesty noted that Bruneians have the luxury of living in peace and are able to carry out acts of worship in relative comfort.
“For that reason, we must not forget to be grateful for those blessings. If one acknowledges and is grateful for such favours, they will continue to be enjoyed. But failure to do so will cause the disappearance and loss of blessings.”
He encouraged Muslims to utter the words “Alhamdulillah” (praise be to Allah) to show their appreciation for God’s blessings.
The monarch said pious acts are not restricted to the mosque but can be performed anywhere, by carrying out one’s duties with integrity.
“Whatever we do can be (counted as) a pious act, whether it is done as a routine task in the office, or by carrying out our job as teachers or businessmen... If we perform it with responsibility and honesty, there is no doubt it is a pious practice.”
His Majesty stressed the need to gain blessings from Allah (SWT): “In developing (the nation) we need to have blessings.”
“I am sure if (our country’s) development is blessed, there is nothing to worry about as everything will run smoothly. The national economy will grow rapidly, Insyaallah, and peace and prosperity will and be enjoyed continuously.”
The Brunei Times