UNISSA to host international Islamic conference

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) will be hosting the International Conference on Islam in the Malay World from September 20-22.

The conference is a collaboration between universities from four countries — Brunei’s UNISSA, Malaysia’s Universiti Malaya, Thailand’s Prince of Songkla University and Indonesia’s Universiti Islam Negeri Sunan Gunung Djati.

The co-chairpersons of the event, Dr Siti Sara Hj Ahmad, UNISSA’s dean of the Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation, and Dr Lilly Suzana Hj Shamsu, dean of the Faculty of Usuluddin, spoke to the media about the event during a press conference yesterday at UNISSA.

Dr Lilly Suzana said this year’s conference carries the theme ‘Islam a Catalyst for Prosperity in the Malay World’ and will feature 67 speakers from six countries — Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Maldives.

State Mufti Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned will deliver a keynote address at the opening ceremony. His paper will elaborate on the theme.

Dr Lilly Suzana said the conference aims to highlight the role of Islam as a catalyst for prosperity.

The conference will also highlight the need to live one’s life according to the teachings of Islam based on Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah.

“The conference also hopes to create harmony and tolerance between the Muslim and non-Muslim community to strengthen unity and prosperity,” she said.

Dr Lilly Suzana said the conference will discuss the issue of prosperity in terms of several aspects.

She said it will touch on prosperity in the Malay world based on the aspects of Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah; _aqidah _and da’wah; Syariat and Islamic law; _tasawwuf _and akhlak (morals); the history of Islam; Islamic education; language and culture; the economy of Islam; Islamic politics and administration; management and development; international relations and communication as well as environmental conservation and preservation.

Dr Siti Sara said the conference is targeted at academicians, researchers, students and civil servants as well as members of the public and from the private sector.

The fee for the conference is $150 for foreign participants and $100 for local participants representing their departments or institutions. Private individuals will be charged $50 for both foreigners and locals while students will be charged $20.

The conference will be conducted in three languages — Malay, Arabic and English.

The Brunei Times