Spiritual strength can build nation

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THE cultivation of people well versed in the Quran and As-Sunnah can help boost Brunei’s development, said an ustaz from the Islamic Da’wah Centre yesterday.

Ustaz Mohd Yusof Hj Abd Majid said this on the sidelines of the ‘Ramadhan Forum: Between Insan Ramadhan and Insan Rabbani’ held at the Ministry of Development’s Training Centre (MODTC).

The ustaz coined those who are professed in the knowledge of the Quran and As-Sunnah as ‘Insan Rabbani’.

He explained that these people are willing to work diligently and sincerely, regardless of the tasks that are given to them, in accordance with the teachings of Islam.

He added that the hiring of such people will help accelerate the growth processes of any institution.

And because they are sincere, they will even go one step further and accomplish tasks outside of their duty, said the ustaz.

He also suggested for more knowledge-sharing platforms to be made available.

These include organising more knowledge conventions so Islamic knowledge can be readily accessible to members of the public, especially the youth.

“Human beings are bestowed by Allah SWT with the unique ability to reason (Aql), and this ability will continue to grow depending on the number of intellectual mediums available to us,” he said.

“Therefore, if a nation is filled with knowledge that is easily accessible to the people, it would help the country produce more ‘Insan Rabbani’ who can contribute to the country’s growth,” he added.

Ustaz Mohd Yusof lauded Brunei’s blessings for having mosques readily built across the nation as it allows for “Biah Solehah” – a term he used to refer to an environment that allows for the effective teaching and learning of the Quran, As-Sunnah and the religion.

“What we need to do now is to further enliven the mosques with various activities that involve youth because they are the future of the country,” he said.

“The programmes held in these mosques should also be consistent and continuous, because efforts to produce more ‘Insan Rabbani’ for better development in the future should never stop at any point,” he added.

Ustaz Mohd Yusof was one of the invited speakers besides Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali’s (UNISSA) Dr Lily Suzana Hj Shamsu at yesterday’s forum.

The talk was part of MoD’s line up of activities to commemorate the holy month of Ramadhan.

Approximately 200 officers and staff from the MoD attended the talk yesterday.

Present as the guest of honour was Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

Also present were MoD’s Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) Hj Muhd Lutfi Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Marzuke Hj Mohsin as well as heads of department and divisions under the ministry.

The Brunei Times