Take the non-violent, rational path when dealing with insults to Islam

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS in the country must take the rational approach, instead of being violent, when dealing with actions or statements degrading Islam or Prophet Muhammad SAW, said the Minister of Home Affairs.

“We already know and at the same time we accept with confidence that the hadith or Sunnah Nabawiyyah (sunnah of the prophet) is second most authoritative Islamic teachings after Al-Quran,” Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman said in a speech during the opening ceremony of the ‘International Seminar on Sunnah Nabawiyyah and its Contemporary Challenges’ seminar.

“However, there are people and those who reject its authority.”

The two-day seminar was organised by the Faculty of Usuluddin, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

The minister also highlighted that there were some misinterpretation and dissemination of fabricated hadiths on social media, which has become a challenge for Muslims.

“Although such insults can cause anger (amongst Muslims), we must not panic. We will calmly approach the issue by making clarifications to the public so that we will all understand the wrong and baseless accusations against Islam or Prophet Muhammad SAW and others,” the minister said.

To do this, Muslims need to deepen their religious knowledge, particularly on Sunnah Nabawiyyah.

Apart from discussing the current challenges in the dissemination and understanding of hadith, the seminar also sought to assess the current tools and methodologies in verifying authentic hadiths and develop further knowledge to address the issue.

On the second day of the seminar Professor Dr Mohammed Abullais Shamsuddin from the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah, International Islamic University Malaysia is scheduled to deliver an Arabic keynote speech. There will also be a number of papers by local and international presenters today.

The Brunei Times