Apply lessons promoting better understanding of ‘Tauhid’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
RELIGIOUS lessons that promote better understanding of Tauhid (the oneness of Allah SWT) should be appropriately applied into the education system to produce a generation that could ensure a better future for the country.
This was said by member of the Legislative Council (LegCo) Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Abdul Hamid Bakal in delivering his inaugural paper at the International Usuluddin Education Seminar 2016 at the Seri Begawan Religious Teacher’s University College (KUPU SB) yesterday.
He explained that an in-depth understanding of Tauhid, which was also known as Usuluddin had allowed Prophet Muhammad SAW to have strong companions who were able to ensure the sustainability of Islam even after the Prophet SAW passed away.
Tauhid would refer to the belief in the oneness of Allah SWT, he said, in which better understanding of it could be fostered through discussions on the existence of God, His characteristics, messengers and other related matters.
What is discussed, he said, may be adjusted to be in line with the evidences and prescriptions written in the Quran and Al-Hadith.
Tauhid, which is among the basis of Islamic education, he said, has proven capable to produce individuals who are faithful, obedient to Allah SWT and have good moral characters, besides being able to continue the struggles of Prophet Muhammad SAW.
Among what was encouraged by the Prophet SAW during his time, through the education, he said, was to have an in-depth contemplation of nature, creatures and the Quran, which the Prophet SAW taught his companions to do.
Through the in-depth understanding, he said, Prophet Muhammad SAW’s companions were able to express their opinions based on what is right instead of sole allegations; and it also allowed them to strive to unravel the hidden blessings behind every religious rulings.
Lessons taught by Prophet Muhammad SAW, he said, also taught his companions how to benefit from their physical activities.
Besides adjusting their physical needs, including for food and drinks, he said companions were also taught to always be mindful that the things they received and enjoyed were granted by Allah SWT to them, and they should be grateful for that.
Looking at that, he said the early Islamic education, which took its basis from Tauhid is proven to have produced strong individuals capable of ensuring the sustainability of the Islamic community.
“So in my opinion, lessons on Tauhid should be carried out to students, perhaps appropriately based on their age in order to produce a faithful generation that is obedient to Allah SWT and have good moral characters,” he said.
“And who could ensure the sustainability of peace, prosperity and safety of the country in the future,” he added.
The Brunei Times