Brunei Muslims Must Be Wary of Extremism

ariah High Court Judge Dato Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Metussin Hj Baki makes a point during the recently concluded two-day seminar on social ills co-organised by the MIB Supreme Council and the Academy of Brunei Studies. Picture: BT/Nabilah Haris




Nabilah Haris
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Sunday, January 18, 2015

MUSLIMS were reminded not to be swayed by recent acts of religious extremism.

During a recently concluded seminar on social ills co-organised by the MIB Supreme Council and the Academy of Brunei Studies, Syariah High Court Judge Dato Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Metussin Hj Baki said it is important for Muslims to maintain their aqidah (religious faith) despite these recent occurrences.

“In Islam, the term ‘jihad’ is defined as striving to better oneself to carry out our Islamic duties. Jihad is not to be defined as a Holy War,” he told the audience as he presented his paper “Hukuman Hudud Sebagai Iktibar dan Pengajaran” as part of one of the working papers for the seminar.

He said the misconstrued perceptions some individuals have regarding Islam had given rise to misguided teachings that resulted in extremism among some Muslims.

Muslims should be wary and not follow such misguided and deviant teachings, he said, explaining that one should keep their faith, piety and morals strong.

In his paper, he also outlined the benefits of Islamic laws which are educational, preventive and act as a safeguard for noble characteristics and morals.

The two-day seminar, themed ‘ “Harmonious Society, Peaceful Nation”, featured 17 local and foreign speakers who presented working papers.

The Brunei Times

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