Brunei Muslims can now help fund building mosques

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BUILDING mosques, which includes repairing and maintaining works, is considered as amal jariah (charitable acts) and is promised bountiful rewards from Allah SWT in the Hereafter.

This was shared by Dr Hj Japar Hj Maidin, Senior Istinbat Officer at the State Mufti’s Office during a special religious lecture at launching ceremony of the ‘Tabung Dana Bagi Pembinaan Masjid’, or Mosque Building Fund, yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

The speaker said that mosque and prayers are two intangible matters which are significant in every Muslim’s daily life.

“Mosques are the venue for Muslims to gather, particularly in carrying out (daily) prayers. Mosques too, serve as a development centre and to unite Muslims through various community activities such as Halaqah, Tazkirah (sharing session), Tadarus Al-Quran, (religious) consultations and so on. In a nutshell, mosque is a place to nurture (one’s) faith and piety, so that we will live our lives based on (Islamic) teachings and blessed by Allah SWT,” he said.

Dr Hj Japar also shared a story during the era of Caliph Saiyidina Uthman ibn Affan, there were disagreements by residents in Madinah to upgrade and expand the Prophet’s mosque as proposed by the Caliph, as they prefer the mosque to remain as it is. However, Saiyidina Uthman stood strong with his decision as he once heard a Hadith from the Prophet Muhammad SAW who said that Allah SWT will reward a house in Heaven to whoever builds a mosque with sincerity and in the name of Allah SWT. Muslims in the country should make full use the newly launched Mosque Building Fund as a golden opportunity to ‘invest’ for the Hereafter to seek bountiful rewards from Allah SWT. The speaker also reiterated a Hadith from Prophet Muhammad SAW that the rewards from the act of charity will continuously be reaped, even after the person has passed away.

“When a person dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three matters (namely); (his) continuous charity, knowledge by which people derive benefit and (his) pious or righteous child who prays for (the wellbeing) of his parents,” he said.

The Senior Istinbat Officer added that the Government of His Majesty Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam have been building mosques throughout the Sultanate through the National Development Plan (RKN).

Yesterday’s launching ceremony, graced by the Deputy Sultan, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, is a historical mark for Bruneian Muslims to be involved directly with the building, maintaining and renovating works of mosques in the country.

The Brunei Times