Post-wedding course starts in Belait

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FOURTEEN couples embarked on a three-day post-wedding course yesterday that hopes to reinforce the concept of a harmonious family unit through a range of aspects including religion, health, finance and the law.

The couples, each of whom have been married for at least three years, will attend a series of talks based on 10 separate workpapers presented by guest speakers from various government agencies.

The first day started off on a legal note, with the first presenter, Hj Farizan Hj Judin, Deputy Syari’e Prosecutor at the Ministry of Religious Affairs’s Islamic Law Department, delivering his workpaper entitled “The Law: The State of Emergency’s Family Islamic Law Act, Chapter 217”.

In his opening speech, guest of honour Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusof Hj Dulamin, Legislative Council member and village head of Kg Mumong, said that a married couple’s definition or perception of happiness can give rise to conflict between the couples.

“Happiness is not placed on overflowing wealth, high status, many children and so on. Happiness is abstract; it cannot be seen by the eye and cannot be measured,” he said.

He went on to reference statistics over the past three years collected by the Family Guidance Services Section of the Belait District Religious Affairs Office, which listed the top causes of marital strife, including a lack of mutual understanding, negligence of responsibilities or nafkah (sustenance), infidelity and domestic violence.

YB Hj Mohd Yusof then pointed to efforts by the government to stem the rising cases of marital breakdown, such as pre-wedding courses for couples, national broadcasted briefings as well as tailored briefings for parties requesting support from the Family Guidance Services Section.

“In seeking and achieving happiness in marriage, as Muslims, the first thing to do is to maintain our aqidah (beliefs). A secure aqidah can aid us in protecting our marriages from the threat of iblis and syaitan,” remarked the guest of honour.

Among those presenting topics over the duration of the workshop will be speakers representing agencies and organisations such as the Islamic Da’wah Centre, Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), the Ministry of Education’s Counselling Unit and Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Also present was the Acting Director of the Syariah Affairs Department under the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ustazah Hjh Zakiah Hj Taib.

The event was organised for the first time in the district by the Family Guidance Services Section of the Syariah Affairs Department under the Belait District Religious Affairs Office. It follows similar workshops held in Brunei-Muara and Tutong.

The Brunei Times