Borneo forum vows to strengthen Islam
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MUSLIMS are not only required to eat what is halal and avoid what is haram but also to ensure the preservation of the Muslim way of life in Borneo, said the former religious affairs minister.
Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abd Rahman made the comment in his keynote address at the 9th International Islamic Borneo Conference held on September 6 and 7 at the Rattan Inn Hotel in Banjarmasin, Indonesia.
In a press statement, one of the conference’s organisers, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), said the address focused on the topics of halal and haram.
Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad said Brunei is reinforcing Islam in the country through the promotion of religious education, da’wah, Syariah law, zakat, Islamic finance and the building of mosques.
He added that the government continues to promote the Malay Muslim Monarchy philosophy and implements ideals and efforts to ensure that Brunei achieves the goal of becoming a Zikir Nation — a country that is guided by the teachings of Islam and Allah in all aspects.
The conference carried the theme ‘Melestari Halal dan Memperkasa Dakwah di Borneo’ (Making Halal Sustainable and Empowering Da’wah in Borneo).
Among the objectives of the conference was to gather academic papers and materials related to the subjects of ‘halal’ and ‘da’wah’ in Borneo to be used for future reference. The conference also conducted a forum for the discussion of these topics and other related issues.
During the conference, 76 papers were presented at a seminar by members of higher education institutions all over Borneo. There were also keynote speeches by the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, the Mufti of Sarawak and the Mufti of Sabah.
The conference concluded with a resolution that Borneo is to strengthen Islamic brotherhood, empower Islamic education and highlight the importance of an Islamic economy.
The conference’s executive committee also agreed to hold a 10th conference next year at Universitas Mulawarman in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province.
The conference was jointly organised by Universitas Lambung Mangkurat, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia; Universiti Teknologi Mara Sarawak; Universiti Teknologi Mara Sabah; UNISSA; Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College; and Universitas Mulawarman, Samarinda, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.
The Brunei Times