A guide for harmony
Aziz Idris

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam urged Muslim youths in the Asean region to embrace the Al-Quran “close to their hearts”, thus understanding and appreciating its practises and guidance.

In a titah marking the closing of the 6th Southeast Asian Youths Al-Quran Reading Competition last night which was broadcast to the nation via television and radio, His Majesty reiterated that this matter can only be fulfilled once our Muslim youths have the insight into the real contents of the Al-Quran.

His Majesty said that the vast cultural and political differences in the Asean region should not be a barrier for communities to be civilised. Asean should use this diversity as an advantage to get to know each other, live harmoniously and work together, His Majesty noted.

The monarch quoted Surah Al-Hujurat, Verse 13: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and races that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah the Almighty is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah the Almighty is Knowing and Acquainted.”

Towards Asean unity, His Majesty said that youths are the driving force. “They (youths) contribute to the unity of the Ummah. Especially for Muslim youths, they are the stimulus for all hopes and aspirations because they will not run from the true purpose of seeking reward in any activities or struggles. If they seek unity, then the unity is for the cause of Allah the Almighty.”

His Majesty also elaborated on a verse which translates, “Should you adhere to the rope of God (His religion) and you should not be divided.”

His Majesty said that the Al-Quran is our guidance for all eternity. “It will not be obsolete, as goes for other books. It is a light that never dims. Let us recite and use it tirelessly. People who recite the Al-Quran will benefit during Judgement Day. And they will be shone by the Al-Quran, Insya Allah.”

The ruler commended the account of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) enlightening his companions and followers with the Al-Quran, forming a myriad of youths that will fight for Islam.

“They are personally close to the Al-Quran, they act in accordance to the Al-Quran, their souls and spirits are also based on the Al-Quran. They are the real builders of Islamic civilisation,” His Majesty said.

The monarch underlined his point that Muslim youths should be an example to the world, that they are not only knowledgeable, but also decorated with the morals of the Al-Quran. Among the morals of the Al-Quran are trust, compassion, justice, love towards the worthy and hatred towards the corrupt.

“If this is so, I am convinced, that it will be the most valuable contribution to the world and humanity,” noted the monarch.

His Majesty expressed his gratitude to all participants of the 6th Southeast Asian Youths Al-Quran Reading Competition.

As Brunei holds the Asean chairmanship this year, His Majesty recalled the focus that was agreed on by all Asean leaders which is to focus on the development of youths, the contribution of youths towards the regional economy and to enhance understanding and unity through exchange programmes and volunteerism, which have an impact not only on individuals but also the society as a whole in order to achieve the Asean Community. - Borneo Bulletin (10 December 2013)