Knowledge Convention Seminar, Afternoon Session

In the afternoon, the knowledge convention seminar continued the third and fourth sessions of presentation of the sub-theme Islamic Manuscript in Perpetuating the Prominence of Islamic Knowledge.

Dr Harapandi Amaq Hairani, Director of Jawi and Turath Book Studies Centre, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, KUPU SB as the first presenter of the third session in the tabling of the working paper entitled 'Bidayah Al-Hidayah: Analisi Pemikiran Muhammad Zain Al-Asyi' explained that the book's contents can be looked at from several perspectives of the ahli Sunnah Waljama'ah aqidah or belief and includes explanations on four facts of praises related to the a person's confidence.

Dr. Haji Abdul Kadir in the tabling of his second working paper in the third session on 'Batu Tarsilah: Peranan Istana' as a scriptoria of the Brunei sultanate genealogy in the 18th and 19th century explained that the manuscript is evident of the attention of Sultan Muhammad Tajuddin and the previous sultans before him towards the preservation of the Brunei sultanate history as a Malay Islamic Monarchy country. Apart from that, it showed the academics and skills of Brunei clerics in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the position of clerics in the palace.

The presentation on 'Warkah Sultan Muhammad Kanzul Alam' tabled by Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Brunei History Association, PESEBAR explained on Sultan Muhammad Kanzul Alam's courage and strength making him an admired monarch by western society whereby the Governor of Singapore, William Farquhar had good relations with Brunei at the time for the trade development and interest of the British. This was clearly seen from the contents of Sultan Muhammad Kanzul Alam's letters sent to William Farquhar dated 1236 and 1237 Hijrah.

In the fourth session, the first presenter, Professor Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia tabled the working paper entitled 'Sumbangan manuskrip melayu lama kepada peradaban bangsa: Catatan berdasarkan beberapa teks' whereby he explained that old Malay manuscripts were closely linked with the growth and development of Malay behaviour which transcends hundreds of ethnicities in the Malay world.

The next presenter, Dr. Haji Ahmad Baha bin Haji Mokhtar, Lecturer at the Faculty of Syariah, UNISSA in his working paper presentation entitled 'Kajian terhadap manuskrip-manuskrip Al-Quran tertua di dunia' explained that the results of studies towards the oldest al-Quran manuscripts have proven the truth of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's assurance towards the preservation of al-Quran throughout the eras. Al-Quran manuscripts during the time of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. has been successfully collected twice according to the history of al-Quran writing which is during the time of Abu Bakr radiallahu anhu in the 12th year of Hijrah and during the time of Uthman radiallahu anhu in the 25th year of hijrah during the Uthmani mushaf writing project.

Associate Professor Dr. Haji Awang Asbol bin Haji Mail, Deputy Director of the Academy of Brunei Studies, UBD discussed on the Brunei Penal Code, its issues and role in empowering Islamic law. Associate Professor Dr Haji Awang Asbol explained that the will of Sultan Jalilul Akhbar to his son Sultan Abdul Jalilul Jabbar requests for the Brunei Penal Code to be continued to be enforced during his reign and it was enforced not only in the Brunei central government area but also extended to the Sarawak Territory.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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