Da’ie competition winners crowned

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BELAIT

FOURTEEN senior citizens delivered rousing speeches yesterday as they vied for the top spot in Brunei's first Da’ie competition for the elderly at the Zainab Mosque in Lumut.

Hj Sallehuddin Hj Ibrahim from Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque in Kg Tamoi was judged the winner in the men's over 60 category, with his six minute tazkirah on the bountiful rewards bestowed when praying at mosques scoring 89 per cent.

The former head of Radio Television Brunei’s Da’wah Unit said the competition offered an opportunity for Muslims to propagate their religion in a display requiring equal amounts of Islamic knowledge and skill in public speaking.

“It is a welcome move (the competition), as the chance to be a Da'ie or Islamic propogator is something that all Muslims should want to aspire to,” said the 63-year-old.

Hj Sabtu Samat from Pg Muda ‘Abdul Malik Mosque came in close second with 87 per cent, while RPN Kg Bukit Beruang Mosque’s Hj Selamat Suaji came third with 86 per cent.

In the women’s over 55 category, Hjh Mastuyah Abd Ghani from Telisai Mosque in Tutong came first with 87 per cent. In second was Hjh Mariam Latip from Kg Labi Mosque, while Hjh Mahirah Hj Abdul from Temburong’s Kg Puni Mosque and Raefah Hj Tuah from Zainab Mosque both tied for third.

Belait Religious Affairs Officer Hj Haslan Hj Shahbudin, whose department organised the contest with the Zainab Mosque’s takmir committee, said yesterday’s participation was encouraging, and warrants the competition to be an annual event on the mosque’s calendar.

“Last year, we held the first nationwide Da’ie contest for children. Hosting one for seniors has proved to meet expectations, so next we are looking into hosting one for youth,” said Hj Haslan, who added that they are looking to host the Da’ie contest annually, and rotate between the three different age groups each year.

He explained that the main reason behind hosting Da’ie contests were to encourage Bruneians to be more able and brave to speak about Islamic concepts.

“For many Bruneians, being a Da’ie is quite new and can be a challenge. But if we rise to it, there is plenty to be gained,” he added.

Belait, Tutong and Brunei-Muara each had four contestants, while Temburong had two.

Also present at the contest was the Acting Assistant Director of Mosque Affairs, Hj Amir Hisham Hj Masri.

The Brunei Times