Imams remind Muslims to pursue lifelong learning
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
LIFELONG learning is encouraged by Islam particularly regarding expertise in various field and skills which is essential to developing a strong nation.
Imams delivering the sermon yesterday said Islam does not only encourage its followers to pursue and gain knowledge in religious fields such as Usuluddin and Syariah, but also other fields such as Science, Mathematics, Geography.
Imams reiterated verses from Al-Quran and also hadiths highlighting the importance of knowledge.
“Pursuing knowledge is one of the compulsory basics for every Muslims. The development of a nation depends on individual’s excellence or its human capital. In developing human capital, among the things that needs to be taken seriously is on education, whether it is in terms of academics, professional or vocational.”
The sermon also touched on the 100 years of formal education in Brunei Darussalam, which has evolved with time in accordance to the development and need of the country. This has resulted in a high quality and integrity of formal education in the Sultanate and the current education system has been tailored to help realise Vision 2035.
“The globalisation of our education system, (which is) SPN21 is one of the initiatives to ensure the welfare of the people, especially the younger generation, to become highly educated and highly skilled citizens,” said imams, noting that SPN21 emphasised on various aspects in accordance to the national philosophy Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) which nurtures good moral, social and cultural values.
To ensure the success of the education system, parents are reminded that they play an important role to ensure their children’s attendance to school where imams also reiterated the recent titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the 26th Convocation of Universiti Brunei Darussalam last September 6.
Imams also highlighted the role of teachers in education.
Being a teacher is not an easy feat, said imams, where only those who highly knowledgeable and with calibre can carry out the responsibilities and duties. This is because being a teacher is also seen as a role model by the students, in which they have to think rationally, be innovative, creative, physically and mentally resilient, to be the students’ ‘reflection’ at the end of the day.
The National Teacher’s Day is celebrated every year on September 23. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Pendidikan Sepanjang Hayat, Menjamin Kesejahteraan Rakyat” (lifelong education to ensure the people’s welfare).
The Brunei Times