IDEAS brought by liberal Islam is the opposite of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah, especially in Brunei that place it under its constitution, said Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Usuluddin, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) yesterday.
Associate Professor Dr Fauzi Hamat was speaking at the knowledge convention on ‘the Understanding of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah in Brunei Darussalam: Issues and Challenges’ organised by the Islamic Da’wah Centre.
Associate Professor Dr Fauzi said there was a need to highlight Liberal Islam as a crucial component of the convention as there had been such cases reported in Brunei.
Muslims in Brunei follow the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, which is one of the many teachings/branches of Islam, points to believers and followers of the way of the Prophet Muhammad SAW (Peace Be Upon Him) and the way of the prophet’s faithful companions.
Pg Hj Abdul Rahman declared his repentance for questioning and disputing the existence of stoning or flogging for adultery in Islam in his letter published in “Your Letters” under the Opinion section of a local English language daily newspaper.
Liberal Islam try to interpret the religion based on the liberal approach, independent of traditional scholars and is not bound by the conditions of ijtihad (the use of reason to arrive at a knowledge of truth in religious matters), said Associate Professor Dr Fauzi.
He added, it is an intellectual movement that promotes reformation of traditional Islamic Doctrines so that it could be compatible with the spirit of modern ages.
Muslims in the Malay world were becoming restless when some claimed that Islam should be interpreted based on liberal approach, without being bound by the traditions of the past. Some claim all religion is the same, he said.
Brunei received strong criticisms for its decision to implement the Syariah Law, he said.
Associate Professor Dr Fauzi said he was impressed with His Majesty’s determination and His Majesty’s call for those outside Brunei to show respect as the respect that Brunei had given them.
The convention also aimed at highlighting the characteristics to look for in teachings and publications that contradict with Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah in their line of duty.
They are responsible in censoring publications and ensuring that all publications that enter the country do not contradict with the teachings of Islam and will not cause confusion amongst the public.
The officers and staff from the Censor and Exhibition Section, Da’wah Propagation Section and Research and Publication Section, Islamic Da’wah Centre attended the two day convention.
The Unit is also appointed as a permanent member of public censorship of films and entertainment. The said publication include books, Mushaf, muqaddam, kitab yassin, magazines, newspapers, calligraphy, electronic media such as DVDs, CDs, videos, scripts, and miscellaneous items such as sejadah (prayer mats) and posters.
The two-day convention aimed at equipping and increasing the officers knowledge in identifying the characteristics of teachings that contradicts with Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah and improving the quality of publications that is disseminated to the public.
The focus was on publications with wahabi, liberalism and deviant teachings disseminated and sold to the public, as well as identifying scholars that advocate such teachings. Islamic Da’wah Centre’s press statement said the convention is the centre’s response to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam ‘s titah in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha in October last year on the increasing cases of insulting al-Quran and the prophet.
Seven topics will be discussed in the knowledge convention by five speakers from KUPU SB’s Centre of Research and understanding of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
The convention which continues today aimed at upholding His Majesty desire to see Brunei as a Zikir Nation.
The Brunei Times
Wed, 16 April 2014