‘Islamic education is key to peace’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ISLAMIC education can help safeguard the peace, harmony and unity of Muslims on Borneo, said the minister of Religious Affairs.
Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abd Rahman said this during his keynote speech on the sidelines of the opening of the eighth International Islamic Borneo Conference (KAIB VIII) at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday.
The minister said that the wellbeing of Muslims on Borneo can be further assured with improvement to its education infrastructure as half of the population on the island are Muslims.
He explained that Islamic education is responsible for producing high calibre human resources that include religious teachers, imams, Syarie judges, Syarie prosecutors, religious officers, administrators, and community leaders, as well as leaders with religious backgrounds.
“We should build a strong and steady pillar in order to safeguard the welfare of the Muslims in Borneo. The pillar here refers to the establishment of Islamic education with sufficient infrastructure...” said the minister.
“If the Islamic education is not well (established), our future generations will be living in a dark era where people’s beliefs in Islam can be easily manipulated by various false teachings that (opposes) the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal-Jamaah (Mazhab Shafi’e School of thoughts),” he said.
YB Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad highlighted the need to prepare educational infrastructure that coincides with the availability of modern technology, materials and experts with strong Islamic knowledge and values.
The two-day conference is slated to conclude today with the presentation of some 130 working papers from various higher education institutions including UNISSA, Islamic Da’wah Centre, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabah.
The Brunei Times