MoRA eyes Religious Activities Centre in Temburong

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BELAIT

THE Ministry of Religious Affairs hopes to establish a Religious Activities Centre in Temburong in the future to allow residents in the district to deepen their spirituality in Islam.

Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman told The Brunei Times yesterday that the centre would be part of several measures used by the ministry to spread the teachings of Islam, especially to potential converts and those who have recently embraced the Islamic faith.

“The centre will allow for special lectures and have a surau so that special attention can be given to those attending on the proper ways to conduct prayers,” said the minister yesterday after a conversion ceremony in Belait.

He said the existing work and vision of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s government for a Zikir Nation has resulted in an increasing number of people embracing Islam in the past five years.

“In Belait, over 700 have converted from 2010 to 2015, which is a great achievement. His Majesty has called for a migration in mindset in his titah, and from a religious perspective, this means deepening the public’s understanding of Islam so we can realise the vision of a Zikir Nation,” he said.

He added that conversion was not the sole goal for the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI), with numerous programmes in place to make sure converts are truly able to fulfil and understand their faith.

“We have many programmes for new converts, including the basic guidance scheme lasting two weeks and a 10-day introductory course where converts stay at PDI’s hostel,” he said.

With five new converts making the Haj pilgrimage this year, the minister said it is clear that converts in the sultanate are progressing in the right direction.

“In my view, converts can be grouped into two categories: those who embraced Islam many years ago and newer ones.

“(Regarding) those who converted many years ago, their Islamic faith in some cases is better than our own, and they have proven it by winning Al-Quran competitions in Borneo for mualaf,” he added.

The Brunei Times