HM Sultan Brunei: Patience Needed for Faith

Patience must for faith, perfecting religious acts
September 2, 2017

| Rokiah Mahmud |

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 has emphasised the merits of cultivating patience in order to achieve success and prosperity according to the principles of Islam.

Delivering a titah last night in conjunction with the celebrations for Hari Raya Aidiladha 1438 Hijrah which was broadcast on Radio Television Brunei (RTB), His Majesty said, “Those with faith are not exempt from being tested by Allah the Almighty. The purpose of these afflictions is to determine the strength of our faith and endurance. If we have persevering patience, then we can overcome all obstacles and hardships, however insurmountable they may seem.”

The monarch then outlined the example of the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), who was commanded to sacrifice his son, as a test of his obedience and submission to Allah the Almighty.

“As members of the present-day Ummah, we are fortunate to be tested by means of our religious obligations and adherence to the principles of Islamic law,” said His Majesty.

“In religious worship, for instance, we are tested by being obliged to keep up daily prayer, fasting in the month of Ramadhan and so on. In terms of Islamic law, we are tested through our freedom to choose between what is lawful (Halal) and the forbidden (Haram), including our compliance with moral and judicial laws of Allah the Almighty.

“In this way, our sense of moral responsibility and obligation is being put to the test, for these commands must be obeyed without any hesitation; failure to do so would be both unconscionable and an act of moral transgression.”

His Majesty concluded the titah by encouraging Muslims to pray for Bruneian Haj pilgrims currently performing their Haj obligations in Makkah and Madinah.

“Let us pray that Allah the Almighty may grant us with enduring patience, particularly for our country’s Haj pilgrims in the Holy Land,” said His Majesty.

“As we all know, during this period of time they will encounter many hardships and ordeals, which are also experienced by pilgrims from the rest of the world.

“By the grace of Allah the Almighty, may they be rewarded for their patience by achieving a Mabrur Haj. Amin.”

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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