‘Divorce rate a worrying trend’

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THE divorce rate in the country is a worrying trend as the number of divorce cases increased more than double within less than a year, said the State Mufti.

“According to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports recently, the divorce rate is seen to increase sharply from 259 cases recorded in 2014 to 524 cases in 2015 which is a double increase in less than a year,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned.

He was speaking during a special lecture titled “Strengthening Family Institution” that he was delivering yesterday in commemorating the fifth National Family Day that is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of May.

In the lecture, he urged for government agencies to cooperate together and find ‘practical alternatives’ to rectify the current fragility of family institutions in the country.

“We already know that we are facing the trend of increasing divorce rate in the country, so let’s work together to combat this problem from ongoing,” he said.

The State Mufti highlighted that family problems’ such as domestic abuse, husbands’ neglecting their responsibilities to wives and children, children failing to care for their parents and problematic youth are also seen to ‘plague’ family institutions in the sultanate.

He went on to say that the utmost way of strengthening family institutions is to seek guidance from Allah SWT.

“We need to ask Allah SWT and seek from Him in curing such (family) problems,” he said, adding that mere social gatherings between families such as sports activities or picnics are not adequate to tackle such issues in the country.

According to the State Mufti, the methods of turning to Allah SWT to enhance familial bonds can be done through religious da’wah (preaching) and counseling.

“The most important and effective (preaching) is through religious education and subjects in which we already have them as a mandatory in our education system,” he said.

Other than that, he said the public can also bolster their family relations through participating in da’wah umum (public preaching) such as through counseling, motivational talks and lectures.

“Film documentaries and TV shows can also showcase how to build an exemplary harmonious family as taught by Islam,” he said, adding that these examples can then be further emulated by the public and children in contributing to a healthy and peaceful society.

Held at the Prime Minister’s Office’s building, more than 800 participants attended the talk comprising of government personnel, non-governmental organisations, students of higher education institutions, trainers at the Youth Development Centre and uniformed personnel recruits.

Present as guests of honours in the event were Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof and Religious Affairs Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman.

The Brunei Times