IT’S encouraging to see our youth standing up to defend the decision by our ruler His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussa-lam to implement the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, a law prescribed based on the commandments of Allah the Almighty, the All-Knowing, All-wise and All-Just.
After seeing for quite some times our country — which has the sovereign right to uphold a law that we believe most appropriate and the best for our people — came under the constant criticisms from foreign sources/quarters — we finally witness our youth — the pillar and future leaders of the nation — expressing their support to and strong determination to defend the Syariah Law.
Over a hundred of youths grouped under JABaT (Jalinan Akrab Belia Terunggul – Association of Excellent Youth), a group who cares for the nation, love the divine law and has a strong spirit and nationalism to do something to defend and contribute to the country, signed yesterday what is called Youth Declaration of undivided support of the country and the divine law and handed it over to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Launching a program they call “Brotherhood that Supports Syariah” due to concern on wild allegations, biased criticisms and un-Islamic view points towards the Syariah, JABaT designs and organises programs to help youth learn and understand more about the Syariah implementation.
Addressing the youth gathering on Tues-day, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah lauded the young professionals for standing up to defend His Majesty’s noble decision to enforce Syariah Law by voicing out their support and unwavering stance against all the criticisms, ridicules and scorns coming from outside the country. “I feel proud and appreciative towards JABaT program initiative – with the concept of ‘Youth to Youth’ – in demonstrating the unity and cohesion among youth of the country by sharing the knowledge on the Syariah Penal Code.”
He said that the event makes the country proud seeing the rise of the young professionals and their unity in defending His Majesty’s government’s decision to implement the Syariah Penal Code.
InsyaAllah, this is only the beginning of a much bigger movement with the youth as the main mover. We are eager to see the rise of a generation of youths, who care so much for their nation and Islam; who strive with every effort to emulate and achieve the level of faith and religious knowledge of the “salafus shalih” — the first generation of Islamic community after our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) — ; who have a higher sense of shame and fear of Allah the All-Knowing, All-Hearing and All-Powerful; who are aware/conscious that the Exalted Lord is always watching whatever they do, and who are diligent in performing solat (prayers).
We want to see youths who are spiritually powerful in facing the multi-dimensional challenges of the modern world. The real powerful man is not the one who is able to beat his or her enemy, but the one who could control himself. As the Prophet (SallAllaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said in a hadith narrated by Abu Hurayra’: “The strong (man) is not the one who overcomes the people by his (physical) strength, but the powerful is the one who controls himself while in anger.” (Bukhari: Book 8: Volume 73: Hadith 135) The Prophet is telling us something which is the first dimension of empowerment – the spiritual empowerment.
Being a Muslim in today’s world takes courage, insight and perseverance. Sometimes we may be tempted to give in a little and compromise but the Muslim who is close to Almighty Allah will immediately recognise that this thinking takes him far from Allah the Almighty and hence, losing the light of faith and insight.
A true Muslim will never abandon the obligatory five-times-a-day prayers (Solat). And, whatever is the situation, there’s no compromise whatsoever in fulfilling this essential obligation. A true Muslim loves doing prayers – obligatory or recommen-ded (Sunnah) – because he/she knows and is aware that it is through Solat he/she is able to communicate directly with his/her Lord the Almighty.
Some things should never be compromised. A Muslim should not lie, steal or harm others. We should never manipulate others, be corrupt or come near to adultery and we should steer clear of drugs and alcohol and all dangerous substances. If we do things that Allah the Almighty has prohibited us to do, we only damage our-sel-ves, for the Creator in His mercy has outlined what is good for us and what is not. We are the losers if we bypass His wise and loving legislation.
Hopefully, by having these qualities as Muslims it will be easier for us to achieve the aspiration of becoming a Zikir Nation, where the people have their hearts and minds always in the remembrance of Allah the Almighty. Only by gaining this status will we have a tough generation who won’t simply be budged by Allah’s tests here in this world because we are aware that our ultimate goal or aspiration is the eternal happiness in the hereafter. InsyaAllah.
The Brunei Times/Editorial
Fri, 6 June 2014