Equipping youth with Da’wah skills

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BELIA Da’ie is actively organising knowledge sharing programmes to equip its members with knowledge needed for da’wah works, said its vice president yesterday.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Hjh Norhafilah Hj Saidin said, “We see da’wah (propagation of Islam) as serious work, therefore it must be done with due diligence. One of the ways that we are doing this is through equipping our youth daie (Islamic propagators) with the knowledge and skills needed to properly disseminate da’wah”.

Some 30 members of Belia Daie (youth Islamic propagators) yesterday attended the ‘Ilm programme (knowledge programme) that focused on da’wah psychology. Counseling officer from Community Development Department (JAPEM), Khairul Ariffin was invited to share his experiences and knowledge.

Hjh Norhafilah said the programme series, which is organised twice a month, was not only aimed at training their members but also strengthening relations, instill passion and understanding of Islamic propagation especially among new members.

She said it is important to know how to approach youths in implemeinting their da’wah works.

“We cannot be drastic in our da’wah approach, because they will feel burdened by it and will blame Islam if we are not proper in our approach. That is why we need to equip ourselves with knowledge and skills especially since our da’wah focus is on the Brunei’s youths,” she said.

The importance of psychology in propagating da’wah is the need to understand the concerns and mindset of the society.

The members will be able to apply the knowledge gained from the series in their da’wah missions in the future.

Counselling officer Khairul told The Brunei Times that the young da’ie need to prepare themselves not only by equipping themselves with the required knowledge and skills but also to mingle with people from different backgrounds.

As a counsellor, he said not all cases are the same.

“Different cases may require different approaches as they (our clients) have different backgrounds. It takes a lot of practice actually, even for us it is very challenging,” Khairul added.

Belia Dai’e is a voluntary organisation established under Islamic Da’wah Centre, Ministry of Religious Affairs, via its Youth Unit.

The volunteers come from different background such as students from local universities, civil servants and employees from the private sector.

Established in December 2015, the primary role of Belia Daie is to enhance da’wah activities among the youth, cultivate solidarity, cooperation, enhance leadership, innovativeness and creativity.

It also acts as an extension to Islamic Da’wah Centre’s efforts in the propagation of Islam.

The Brunei Times