Friday, September 18, 2015

HM Sultan Brunei: Youths Must Play Role in Creation of ASEAN Community

His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam consented to present the winning trophy to Mohamad Husaini bin Mahmur from Malaysia

Youths must play role in creation of Asean Community: His Majesty
Posted date: September 18, 2015
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HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah last night called upon the Muslim youth to play a role in the creation of an Asean Community, in strengthening their faith, promoting solidarity and working towards regional peace.

His Majesty delivered the titah during the closing and prize presentation ceremony of the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition, held at International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas last night.

Congratulating the winners and partici­pants, His Majesty said this year’s competition was in line with the creation of the Asean Community by the end of the year.

“Muslim youth in Asean member countries have important contributions to make in the construction of the Asean Community, to fortify regional peace and harmony,” His Majesty said. “The participation of Muslim youth in charitable causes is most needed for the common interests of the region.

“The youth are the movers and catalysts. They are capable of doing whatever is best for their people. These capabilities must be demonstrated.

“The youth are capable of making a huge impact towards the development of the regional community, including in fields such as education, economy and technology.

His Majesty also said the youth are facing challenges caused by globalisation, which offers new cultures and rapidly changing environments.

“If they do not possess strong personalities, then the inevitable will occur. For Muslim youth, this may well affect their faith (Aqidah), or religious understanding.”

His Majesty said that there have been many instances of religious deviation, or the wrong approach, towards Islam where the youth are the main target.

“Here lies the importance of self-awareness for all Muslims. We should be truly Muslims, wherever we are,” said His Majesty. “If our own personal faith is unstable or inconsistent, then it means our faith is weak.

“A strong personality is the hallmark of all true Muslims.”

His Majesty also encouraged the youth to acquire knowledge, especially pertaining to the Al-Quran and the Hadith.

“Such knowledge identifies our status as followers of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). As stated in Hadith: ‘The best of you (Muslims) are those who study Al-Quran and Al-Hadith.’

“With the youth possessing knowledge of the Al-Quran and the Hadith, our region will be safe and secure, by the will of Allah the Almighty.

The biennial regional youth Al-Quran reading competition hosted by Brunei Darussalam saw some 19 Qari and Qariahs competing in the three-day event.

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