Bandar Seri Begawan - Yesterday Friday prayers‘sermon called for Bruneians to take a moment to appreciate the presence of the Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) philosophy, which recommends a way of life based on Malay culture and founded in the country‘s official religion, Islam.
The nuance of Islam widely practiced in this country is that of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah faith, after the Mazhab Shafie, which asks that its followers lead a wholesome, quality life, and that the sovereign is recognised as the highest authority in the country.
Citizens should offer their undivided loyalty to their monarch, a behaviour which should not be forced. They should realise that their dedication to their ruler is compulsory, so long as his command is well-intended and does not clash with the teachings of Islam.
The sermon, read in mosques and suraus throughout the nation, also called for Bruneian society to bear in mind that His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu‘izzaddin Waddaulah the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has placed the welfare of the nation ahead of everything else in his decisions, and that he is committed to his duties, just in making his judgements, and that Islam guides him in his administration of the country. By observing the Malay Muslim Monarchy philosophy, our country is unique.
The task of ruling a nation is impossible to shoulder alone. It requires support, involvement and sacrifices from all parties especially public servants, who have been recruited to help the government to manage and develop the country.
For the nation to progress, government personnel should be committed to carrying out their entrusted duties, and be efficient workers who swear by the personal qualities of being honest, sincere, loyal and responsible. Good Islamic practice dictates that fulfilling tasks and responsibilities is compulsory, and Allah SWT will reward those who do so with honesty and sincerity.
His Majesty has expressed in a previous titah his wish to have a system of administration which is efficient, honest and sincere, which he added could only be achieved if every government servant did their jobs professionally with honesty and sincerity.
The sermon also reminds Bruneians that any national developments so far is owed to the leadership and intelligence of our ruler, coupled with the support of all parties, be they public or private organisations. Because of His Majesty‘s leadership since 1967, the nation enjoyed much peace and political stability as well as a strong economy, and the standard of living has been raised to be comparable with that of other countries.
Therefore it is requested that Bruneian Muslims attend mass prayers this evening at mosques, suraus and prayer halls all over the country, to celebrate the 61st birthday of His Majesty on July 15.
Source: www.bruneitimes.com (16 Juli 2007)