‘Self-reliance can help us get through life’s trials’

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Bruneians yesterday were urged to be more self-reliant and to work harder for their income by engaging in business or entrepreneurship.

During the Friday sermon, imams told congregants that global oil prices have fallen by more than 70 per cent and have affected the revenue of all oil producing countries including Brunei.

Despite the hardships Muslims may face, imams said that men are made to undergo tests and trials because Allah SWT loves his slaves.

“In facing hardship, this will lead Muslims to remember Allah SWT, to have faith in Him, to submit to Him and to ask from Him,” they said, adding that they would also learn not to be complacent when their burden is lifted.

Quoting verses from Al-Quran, they said Muslims in financial hardship should be confident in Allah SWT that ultimately, in the end, all will go well again as it always has.

Imams relayed verses five and six of Surah al-Inshirah, where it read: “So verily, with every difficulty, there is relief. Verily, with every difficulty, there is relief.”

From the verses, they said that Allah SWT will always find a way for those facing difficulties in life as long as they return to the straight path, which is to constantly have trust in Allah in all that we do.

Imams went on to say that life’s tests and trials should always be faced with patience as the Almighty will always reward those who do so many-fold.

They reminded congregants to dwell for a moment on Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) whose country faced a very serious economic crisis due to years of drought that affected its produce.

From his leadership, his people managed to pull through the crisis by systematically planning the prudent consumption of the produce while never backing down and always striving.

Imams told congregants to internalise the lesson of Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) especially during this current economic situation.

They added that business is a tradition of Prophet Muhammad SAW and the community should follow his steps and not depend solely on the public sector.

“In the Legislative Council session, among the things highlighted was that the people in this country should not look upon the government as the only entity responsible for developing the country as well as the only provider of jobs. The people of Brunei need to strive in finding different routes to earning an income,” they said.

They said the development of many business ventures in the country would generate the country's revenue resources so that it will not only depend on natural resources.

The Brunei Times