UNISSA hosts 6th International Conference on Islam in the Malay World
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) hosted four institutions of higher learning yesterday for the 6th International Conference on Islam in the Malay World (ICON IMAD IV).
The opening of the conference was held at the university’s auditorium and it is expected to close today with the presentation of more than 60 working papers.
According to the conference’s co-chairperson, the conference’s theme, “Islam Catalyst for Prosperity in the Malay World”, would showcase how Islam is the catalyst for peace in the region.
“The peace Islam has brought here also extends into harmony, calmness, unity, tolerance and development in all areas of life,’ said Dr Siti Sara Hj Ahmad who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation at UNISSA.
“The prosperity that is felt by the people in the Malay World began with the arrival of Islam which can be seen in all aspects of our lives, however, colonialism has caused a regression and a divide,” said Dr Siti Sara.
She added, “This situation has sparked an urgent need for us to restore our prosperity following the teachings of Ahli Sunnah wal Jama’ah”.
The conference, said the co-chairperson, would act as a platform to have those in the region address Islamic prosperity to practice in the region.
“It is hoped that this conference would not only act as a platform to discuss the present issues and challenges faced by the Malay World but for the results of our discussion and its studies to be made beneficial by contributing to a holistic prosperity,” she said adding that hopefully it would breed tolerance for both Muslims and non-Muslims.
Present to launch the two-day conference was the State Mufit, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abd Aziz Juned.
Prior to the closing ceremony tomorrow, a forum will be held by representatives from UNISSA, Universiti Islam Negeri Sunan Gunung Djati in Indonesia, Universiti Malaya, Prince Songkla Universiti and the Mindanao State University.
A presentation of the conference’s resolution is also scheduled to take place during the closing ceremony.
The ICON IMAD, which is a collaboration between UNISSA, Universiti Islam Negeri Sunan Gunung Djati in Indonesia, Universiti Malaya and Prince Songkla Universiti has each university take turns in hosting the annual conference aimed at improving the status of researchers in the region while featuring Islam as the backbone of peace in the Malay World.
The Brunei Times