MoRA, MCYS mark Isra’ Mikraj with lectures
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) held separate Isra’ Mikraj celebrations yesterday marked by lectures and discussions.
MoRA held its Isra’ Mikraj celebration at the ministry’s Multaqa Hall.
In his welcoming address, Hj Mohd Serudin Hj Timbang, Director of Islamic Law under MoRA, said appreciation of Isra’ Mikraj can generate a source of knowledge, teaching and inspiration.
Appreciation of Isra’ Mikraj can also generate continuous wisdom, he said.
“Insya’Allah, the story and journey of Isra’ Mikraj particularly on the obligation to perform solat (prayers) is relevant to this celebration’s theme, which is ‘Sembahyang Kunci Syurga’ (Prayers Are the Key to Paradise).”
A forum also took place during the ceremony chaired by Hj Abd Azim Azman Judin @ Aji, Deputy Syariah prosecutor from the Islamic Legal Unit under MoRA.
The panel consisted of the director of the international and public relations office at Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB), Dr Hj Noralizam Hj Aliakbar, and assistant lecturer at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Hj Mohd Khairul Nazif Hj Awang Damit.
During the forum, Dr Hj Noralizam highlighted benefits of the acts of worship such as the role of praying as a way to become closer to Allah SWT as well as how to prevent oneself from getting involved with negative elements or committing bad deeds.
He said performing solat correctly can help Muslims achieve the key to paradise.
“It’s not just performing solat correctly, but we must also perform wudhu (ablution) properly in order for our solat to be perfect, and therefore, prayers are the key to paradise.”
Meanwhile Hj Mohd Khairul Nazif highlighted how solat can have a positive impact on Muslims psychologically as stress can cause emotional distress to an individual.
He added that it not only has a negative impact but can also contribute to social disharmony.
As part of the celebrations, the ministry also featured booths selling books, clothes and food which were set up in the lobby of its new building.
The items and food were sold by individuals who were asnaf zakat (tithe) recipients.
“These individuals are those that have participated in the Asnaf Zakat Empowerment Programme or the Zakat Collection and Distribution programme under the Brunei Islamic Religious Council,” MoRA said in a statement.
This initiative is to support the government in realizing the strategy of social security for the country’s Vision 2035 as well as to promote goods and products produced by the asnaf zakat recipients and motivate them to become successful entrepreneurs and therefore live independently, said the statement.
Present as the guest of honour was Acting Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud. Also present was Acting Permanent Secretary Hj Harun Hj Junid and Deputy Permanent Secretary Roslan Hj Taja’ah.
An Isra’ Mikraj celebration also took place at Dewan Gadong at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
A talk was delivered by a lecturer from the Islamic Da’wah Centre, Ustaz Hj Awang Mail Hj Besar, on Isra’ Mikraj, the night journey of Prophet Muhammad SAW from Masjidil Haram to Masjidil Aqsa and his ascension to heaven.
Present as the guest of honour was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.
Also present were MCYS Permanent Secretaries Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin and Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil.
The Brunei Times