Minister urges all parties to reject extremist beliefs
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE government will continue to use education and propagation to promote mutual respect among different religious faiths and to reject extremist beliefs, the minister of religious affairs said.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Penga-rah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman said Brunei believes in the importance of social harmony and goodwill towards others in promoting peace and security.
Speaking during Egypt’s 26th General Conference in the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, he said in line with Islamic teachings, it is important that all parties reject extremist beliefs and violent actions in whatever form it may be in.
All parties including the government and public should make an effort to strengthen unity and avoid disputes among themselves, he was quoted as saying in the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ statement last night.
The minister gave his speech in Aswan, Egypt on Saturday.
The two-day conference organised by the Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments heard the presentation of 12 research papers by academics and civic society leaders that dealt with issues themed ‘The Role of the Religious Institutions in Both Arab and Muslim World in Facing Challenges and Hopes; A Critical Analysis and Objective Examination’.
The ministry said Egypt’s minister of endowments, Professor Dr Mohammad Mokhtar Gumah, launched the conference that was also attended by religious leaders from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Later, YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin had a meeting with Professor Gumah on the sidelines of the conference.
Also present were outgoing Brunei Ambassador to Egypt Hj Abd Kahar Hj Hussin and Permanent Secretary of Religious Affairs Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Mohd Yusof.
The Brunei Times