Mankind's connection with Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is prayer as prayer is a pillar of Islam. One should not profess devotion to Allah if one is still frequently neglecting the five daily prayers. This was among the matters touched upon by Awang Yahya Zainul Ma'arif, better known as Buya Yahya, an invited speaker from the Republic of Indonesia in his talk titled "Makmurkan Masjid dari Usia Muda" or Glorifying the Mosque from A Young Age. The function took place at the Mohammed Bolkiah Mosque in Kampung Serusop, 7th January night.

Present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs. Buya Yahya explained that one should have a feeling of fear of invoking the wrath of Allah as neglecting the five daily prayers is a big sin.

Also present were Doctor Haji Adanan bin Haji Basar, Ra'es of the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers Univerity College, KUPU SB; Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Awang Haji Amir Hisham bin Haji Masri, Director of Mosque Affairs. The talks by Buya Yahya Zainul Ma'arif continue tonight at the Kampung Lambak Kanan National Housing Scheme Mosque.

Source: Radio Television Brunei