Students reminded on the importance of cleanliness
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
STUDENTS from religious and Arabic schools across the sultanate yesterday were reminded of the importance of cleanliness through the National Religious Programme organised by the Department of Islamic Studies (JPI).
The monthly programme, which was simultaneously held at all Arabic schools in the morning and religious schools in the afternoon, was implemented by the JPI in line with their 2010-2014 Strategic Plan to instill appreciation for performing good deeds among students.
Four schools from across the sultanate — Kg Peramu Pengiran Anak Puteri Besar Religious School in Brunei-Muara, the Sinaut Religious School in Tutong, the Sungai Taring Religious School in Lumut, Belait and the Bokok Religious School in Temburong — became the focal points representing religious schools in the nationwide event.
The Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School was the focal point for the nation’s Arabic schools.
The event began with a talk on the programme’s new theme for this month which was ‘Kebersihan Teras Kesejahteraan Ummah’ (Cleanliness as the Foundation for the Society’s Well-being).
During the talk, the students were taught to always strive to improve their awareness of hygiene in their places of residence and worship, by emphasising on hygiene in their own lives.
The students were told that every member of the community is responsible for instilling the love of cleanliness within themselves by adopting the habit of cleaning in their homes and schools.
The teachers went on to say that hygiene plays an important role in the well-being of the community for its ability to prevent the spread of diseases.
They used the Zika virus, spread by the Aedes mosquitoes, as an example.
“Based on observations by entomologists, the solution to preventing the spread of the disease is simple which is by practicing hygiene as these mosquitoes make dirty places their breeding ground,” they said.
Students were then told to discipline themselves and protect the image of Islam as a religion that highly advocates hygiene and cleanliness, by creating an environment where individuals in the community can give advice to each other on matters of hygiene.
The nationwide event ended with a mass recitation of the Surah Al-Waqi’ah, _Doa Peperiksaan _and Doa Peliharakan Sultan dan Negara Brunei Darussalam. - with additional reporting by Waqiuddin Rajak
The Brunei Times