‘Islamic knowledge key to progress’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs yesterday called on youths to carry out more research on Islam for further development of religious studies in the sultanate.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony for Inter-University Postgraduate Seminar 2016 (SAPLI2016) at Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud emphasized the importance of research as a driving force towards nation building.

“Undoubtedly, research is the driver of improvements in our quality of life, whether spiritual or physical. Hence, the emergence of Islamic scholars and experts during the early age of Islam contributed to putting Islamic civilization in front of those of other peoples,” he said.

“Now is the time for our Islamic scholars to rise and be determined in restoring the glory of Islamic knowledge that was built based on Al-Quran and Sunnah.”

Speaking on the seminar’s theme of ‘Upholding the Integration of Traditional and Modern Islamic Knowledge’, he said it is significant in its application to today’s world.

“The theme is very relevant to the current (needs of today’s world) as we need to prioritise knowledge based on authentic and traditional sources while also taking into account the progress of modern knowledge which is accepted globally,” he said.

He stressed that the seminar not only acts as a practical platform for sharing research findings amongst academics but is also paving the way for graduates to prepare themselves for the ‘reality of the academic world’.

“I hope the seminar can give all the presenters and participants the opportunity to discuss harmoniously regarding methodological integration in research while taking full advantage of this seminar so that all knowledge gained can be applied for the benefit of the religion and nation,” he said.

In her remarks, Dr Hjh Rasinah Ahim, the director of UNISSA’s Centre for Postgraduate Studies, highlighted the significant role of universities in producing quality scholars through research activities.

“In other words, research is synonymous with universities where any research conducted at universities or higher education institutions is of high quality as it is done holistically and systematically,” she said.

A total of 52 working papers from 12 institutions will be presented during the two-day seminar, which is co-organised by UNISSA and Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor, or KUIS. Of these, 32 papers will be presented in Malay, 11 in Arabic and nine in English.

The third of its series, the seminar, which ends today, also saw KUIS Rector Prof Dato Dr Ab Halim Tamuri delivering a keynote address during the opening ceremony entitled ‘The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Preserving the Traditional Knowledge of Islam’.

The Brunei Times