Lack of Islamic expressions in working papers disappointing

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THE State Mufti yesterday expressed his disappointment in the lack of Islamic expressions being used in religious working papers and thesis produced in Brunei.

In his talk during yesterday’s lecture held to commemorate Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) 30th anniversary, he highlighted that Islamic expressions such as basmalah, hamdalah, syahadah, selawat and salam are not frequently used by scholars when delivering their thesis, urging students and writers to include these terms in their work.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned said reports or thesis produced into books by scholars are required to follow the guidelines outlined by higher education institutions and must meet publication standards in accordance to the guidelines.

He said as he goes through some of the guidelines, he feels there are still some shortcomings and content that is not being covered, like including Islamic expressions in their thesis.

The State Mufti commended Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) for being the only institution that included basmalah as one of its requirements in its guidelines.

“Why do we not include Islamic expressions like basmalah? Isn’t this a way to stay true to the Islamic teachings,” he said.

“We must not be careless but instead we must understand it,” he added. Last year, the State Mufti said he had delivered a talk at Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) and reminded students not to ignore Islamic expressions when delivering their working papers and thesis but was disappointed when he found out that Islamic scholars still chose not to include the Islamic expressions in their work.

“I’ve said this before during my talk and I said I will not repeat it again.

“Just a few days after my talk at KUPU SB, the Knowledge Convention took place where various seminars were held. There were many writers from both Brunei and overseas, in which they later produced their working papers into books,” he said.

The State Mufti noted that only two working papers in the 294 paged-book have basmalah written in their work.

“I went through the book page by page. Out of those only Sekapur Sirih and my paper work had basmalah written in it,” he said, adding that 13 of the other working papers did not have any mention of basmalah.

He said Muslims now are feared to be in dilemma, and this does not exempt academics and Islamic higher learning institution, where they are facing crisis in belief.

“It is even more worrying that some people regard basmalah as ‘old-fashioned’ that reduces the quality of their working papers,” he said.

The Brunei Times