Discussion Session with Members of Legislative Council

The Ministry of Religious Affairs' new Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2024 apart from focusing on effective religious education, strong da'wah or propagation and assurance of social security and well-being, it also sets three main strategic programmes namely Empowerment of Endowments towards Nation Well-being; Extensive Propagation of Understanding of Al-Quran and Al-Hadith interpretation and meaning and the Juxtaposition of Syariah Maqasid in the country's management and administration. Speaking at the Muzakarah or Discussion Session yesterday morning with members of the Legislative Council, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs, explained that empowerment of endowments towards Nation Well-being means upholding the economic strength of the country which can significantly contribute towards development.

The Minister of Religious Affairs explained the Extensive Propagation of Understanding of Al-Quran and Al-Hadith interpretation is by enhancing existing efforts to a level that focuses on At-Tadabbur which is understanding to quote the teachings from Quranic verses and Al-hadith with various approaches according to levels such as thematic understanding. Yang Berhormat Pehin added Juxtaposition of Syariah Maqasid or Philosophy by understanding its broad objectives that the planning and implementation of its five objectives namely preserving the religion, protecting life, maintaining the mind, preserving descendants and protecting assets are not limited through the religious services core business but covers the country's core business conducted by all ministries. By understanding the matter, the country rejects the dualism understanding or view in the country and government.

The briefing on the Ministry of Religious Affairs was delivered by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Also present was Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar; Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Source: Radio Television Brunei