Maintain purity of Islamic higher learning institutions
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE State Mufti delivered a lecture at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday to mark its 30th anniversary.
In his talk at Chancellor Hall entitled ‘The Future of Islamic Higher Education in Brunei Darussalam: Hopes and Challenges’, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned spoke about the establishment and background of universities in Brunei and how education, especially at the tertiary level, can develop individuals spiritually and physically.
“The establishment of an Islamic higher education institution in Brunei Darussalam is like the birth of a child, holy and pure. We must maintain (the child) until it grows to be a perfect individual.
“ This is the same with learning institutions. In order to make a higher education institution a premier learning place in the country, it is necessary to manage it in a manner that is ‘blessed’,” he said.
He also highlighted the issue of the purity of Islamic teachings in his talk.
“Practical studies should adhere to the meaning of pure Islam, which means they should be aligned with the teachings of Al-Quran and Sunnah,” he said.
His lecture, the first delivered to commemorate UBD’s anniversary, was attended by officials from the Ministry of Education, representatives from the private sector and higher education and postgraduate students from institutions of higher learning in Brunei with Masters and PhDs.
The talk also coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS).
Prior to his lecture, welcoming remarks were delivered by Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, who is also the chair professor at UBD and director of SOASCIS.
In his speech, he said to celebrate UBD’s 30th anniversary, several talks and programmes will be held throughout the year in the hope of encouraging the discussion of knowledge amongst lecturers and students in Islamic studies on various issues in order to contribute to the advancement of the nation.
He said the series of lectures will also be open to the public. Professor Datuk Dr Osman also hoped that academics and students would be able to discuss issues of Islamic studies that are relevant to their fields.
Also present at the event was UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrinah Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Aziz.
The Brunei Times