Muslims urged to strengthen religious principles, beliefs

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THE Minister of Religious Affairs yesterday called upon Muslims to strengthen their religious principles and beliefs in order to ensure guarantee of the life in hereafter.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman said that Muslims need to ensure they fulfil their religious duties and obligations as a Muslim in easing their life after death.

Citing an analogy of a “passport” as an essential factor in entering a new territory, “The passport we need during our alam barzakh are three entities; Muslim, Mukmin (piousness), and Muttaqin (devoted to and fear of Allah SWT),” said the minister on the sidelines of hosting a visit from Islamic Da’wah Centre’s (PDI) delegation comprising converts from Kg Bebuloh.

The minister further added that being a Muslim, a pious believer and adhering to Islamic teachings are necessary for Muslims.

“People talk about constructing or building their houses in this world, but it is in this life we should already prepare and start building our own house for our afterlife, because that will be our house for eternity,” he said.

He went on to say that it is imperative for Muslims to fill their ‘passport’ in this life to acquire access to the ‘perpetuity house’ in the afterlife. “InsyaAllah for those who have ‘high quality passports’, filled with goodness and religious deeds in this life, it will ease their way in the life after death and will be granted access to Jannah (paradise),” he added.

Speaking of the event, the minister said that the visit strived not only to strengthen the bonds between the new and existing Muslims but also to deepen the converts’ Islamic knowledge with regard to Hari Raya celebration and familial bonds between Muslims.

The ministry also relentlessly aims to ensure Muslims continue to uphold the teachings of Islam especially for the new converts through attending religious courses and programmes, said YB Pehin Dato Hj Badaruddin.

“Let us work together in strengthening our religion, our faith in being a Muslim and a Mukmin, not only in this world but for our eternal life in the hereafter.”

The Brunei Times