PenBorneo holds exhibition on Brunei’s first State Mufti

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THE Borneo Research Centre (PenBorneo) is inviting members of the public to visit its exhibition on Brunei’s first State Mufti at its building at Kg Anggerek Desa.

The exhibition — organised by PenBorneo in collaboration with the Brunei History Centre, under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) — aims to inform Bruneians of the history of the sultanate’s first State Mufti, the late Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama Dr Hj Ismail Umar Abdul Aziz, who played major key roles in Brunei’s Islamic education and administration.

History Officer Mardiah Hj Ramli said the exhibition seeks to familiarise the public with Brunei’s history in terms of influential Islamic figures in Brunei.

“It is a simple but informative exhibition that will enable the public to have a closer look and gain extra information and knowledge regarding the first mufti of Brunei,” she said.

The former State Mufti was originally from Johor Bahru where he was also appointed as State Mufti, but later served for Brunei as the sultanate’s first State Mufti for 28 years.

He first came to Brunei in late 1954 and early 1955 to survey the sultanate to build a religious school. Following his visit to Brunei, the sultanate’s formal religious education system was established.

This subsequently led to the establishment of Arabic schools in Brunei.

Mardiah said she hopes to see more teachers and students at the exhibition as some information available at their mini gallery are not written in text books.

“Some of the information (available at exhibition) might not be included in the books that teachers use in school, so it is an important teaching tool in making Brunei history interesting,” she said.

“We hope the public, especially the teachers and students, can visit the exhibition,” said the history officer.

According to Mardiah, the exhibition opens until November 30th.

The centre opens every Monday to Thursday and Saturday, from 8.45am to 12.15pm and 2pm to 4pm.

The Brunei Times