Imams urge congregants to respect and honour all teachers

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

IMAMS yesterday urged congregants to respect and honour teachers for their contributions to the country’s education system.

They explained, during the Friday Sermon, that teachers and the profession are placed highly by Allah SWT due to their role in disseminating knowledge to mankind.

“When seeking knowledge, we need to engage the services of a guide or a teacher. We know that a teacher’s duty is to impart and teach knowledge. Teachers are likened to that ray of light that illuminates the darkness,” they said.

“Moreover, a teacher guides and shows the way towards a clearer understanding of the knowledge gathered. Without a teacher, we will not be able to sieve the truth from falsehood,” said imams.

They reiterating a Hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad, Rasulullah SAW, which said that scholars or teachers on this earth are like stars in the sky, serving as a guide and beacon upon the darkness on land and the seas; when the light fades and dies out, the one who is guided is doomed to go astray.

Imams also warned parents and students to not mock teachers and in return, pay deep respects as they are accorded high ranks and merits by Allah SWT as stated in the Quran.

Surah Al-Mujadalah, verse 11 testifies to this: ‘Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is acquainted with what you do’… Therefore, the role of a teacher in disseminating knowledge is an enormous one, both noble and priceless,” they said.

The sermon noted that the roles of teachers are increasingly challenging in the modern world as a number of factors are influencing educational processes.

They explained that information and communication technology, as well as social ills among students, pose great threats to their teaching approaches.

“A teacher cannot trivialise the issue. A teacher will have to come to grips with these challenges and address it. A teacher needs to provide training, guidance, coaching and motivation to the students, and through the tutelage of quality teachers, it is hoped that they will be able to produce excellent citizens,” they said.

Exercising patience, self-restraint and practising the necessary etiquette and decorum are required by teachers to become an outstanding, highly revered and credible educators.

“A teacher needs to display love and affection to students, to remain gentle to treat them like one of his/her own children,” they said.

Parents and society must also cooperate to work with teachers in helping shape and mould the students into exemplary citizens of Brunei.

“Undoubtedly, the roles of teachers are limited within the school, but outside the school gates, both parents and society will have to take over the responsibility to monitor, educate, love, care and advise their children,” said imams.

Brunei observes its National Teacher’s Day on September 23 annually to honour their contribution and dedication.

The date is chosen particularly to commemorate the birthday of His Majesty’s late father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, for his role and contribution in developing the local education system.

The Brunei Times