About 160 attended a special talk, in conjunction with this year's Isra' Mi'raj celebrations, held at the Senate Room of the Chancellor Hall in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on 26th April 2017.
Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, Distinguished Professor and Director of Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) delivered the talk titled "Isra' Mi'raj: A Message For All Time". Present as the guest of honour was Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz. Also in attendance were principal officers, staff and students of UBD as well as members of the public.
Professor Datuk Dr Osman began by explaining in addition to the revelation of the al-Quran, the night of the Mi'raj is one of the two most important nights in Islamic history where during that auspicious night, muslim prayer (solat) was sanctioned by Allah Subhanahu Wataala on the ummah. He highlighted that the Prophet Muhammad's (Peace Be Upon Him) journey during Isra' and Mi'raj is a spiritual event that must be celebrated to ensure everlasting memory as it reminds the ummah of the eternal truth.
"Man is forgetful by nature," he said in response to why reminders are necessary. "And Man can find himself lost in chasing time (derived from Surah Al-Asr)" Professor Datuk Dr Osman also took the opportunity to remind those present of the message in Surah Al-Asr which state that every passing moment is wasted on activities that are not devoted to righteous deeds.
"Bicara Ulum Addin" is a series of religious talks which have been held regularly by UBD since February 2010 and seeks to raise awareness and better understanding of various religious topics.
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