|His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, during the Sabda. – AZROL AZMI|
Posted date: September 16, 2015
| Hakim Hayat |
HIS Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in a Sabda last night called for the establishment of a regional youth programme designed to emphasise both academic and spiritual aspects, in order to achieve better progress and harmony in the region.
Delivering the Sabda while opening the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas last night, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince placed the region’s youth in the spotlight, lauding their great achievements in various fields, attributing these to their hard work and strong self-identity, coupled with their resilience and competitive stance.
The biennial regional youth Al-Quran reading competition hosted by Brunei Darussalam sees some 19 Qari and Qariahs competing in the three-day event.
Also present at the event last night was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.
With 65 per cent or 400 million of the total Asean population categorised as youth, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said their contributions are instrumental to the course of development and future of the countries and the region as a whole.With the vast potential of our youth today, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said if they possess good morals and integrity with strong grasp of the Al-Quran, combined with high level of education and skills, “Insya Allah, this will ease the approach in creating a region of harmony and progress, blessed by Allah the Almighty. With this in mind too, it will ensure the welfare and security of the people and countries.”
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince later called on the relevant parties to plan forward a regional youth programme development that focuses on both ‘duniawi’ and ‘ukhrawi’ aspects or the world and hereafter, geared towards the excellence of the region’s ‘ummah’ and civilisation.
Earlier in the Sabda, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said efforts in strengthening the morals and faith of Muslim youth in the region based on the Al-Quran and ‘As-Sunnah’ teachings must be enhanced, because of its importance and role in shaping up the youths’ “emotional intelligence” and spiritual values through lessons reaped from it (Al-Quran and As-Sunnah). “Additionally, skills in mastering emotions is important in guiding them (the youth) to become effective leaders,” His Royal Highness the Crown Prince added.
With a strong faith, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said the youth are capable of warding-off any form of negativity brought by the tide of modernisation and development, adding that efforts in strengthening the morals and faith of the Muslim youth is not only limited to the country, but can be extended regionally and internationally.
Touching on the competition, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince said one of its objectives is to allow Southeast Asian youth from different socio-cultural backgrounds to interact and share their views and experiences in attaining the blessings of the Al-Quran while strengthening their fellowship spirit and the unity of the ‘ummah’.
His Royal Highness said this was the reason why the bloc’s leaders maintained their focus on regional youth development in its Socio-Cultural and Socio-Economic Framework.
“The youth’s involvement in the Asean Community development process is essential, particularly in overcoming global challenges including unemployment.
“Towards this, various initiatives are being planned and implemented,” said His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, citing youth networking and expertise sharing platforms within Asean as one of the efforts being made.
He said he believed these would trigger synergies that could spur socio-economic development in the country and the region at a faster rate.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin