The integration of both Islamic and general studies into the country’s mainstream education stream can be considered a realistic approach. In one aspect, the integration of both streams fulfils the aspiration to develop the ummah by shaping a learned or educated generation who progress alongside the progress of the country and race. However it remains Muslim in character, attitude and practice or behavior. According to the Minister of Religious Affairs the country highly appreciates the great proposal towards achieving the excellence of Islamic education in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 Era. Speaking during the opening of the 6th Regional Seminar on Islamic Higher Education or SeIPTI 2019, yesterday morning, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman explained throughout history, industrial revolution and its development that covers the development of technological knowledge is never seen as a problem to Islam. The worrying matter, adds Yang Berhormat is misusing the increasingly developing knowledge and technology.
Yang Berhormat Pehin said Islam advocates that we master knowledge not only as users but also as active players. Another point highlighted by the Minister was the knowledge should not be confined to conventional Islamic knowledge especially in the 4 Industrial Revolution Era. The Minister added we should feel committed to respond to the current and future industrial revolutions for the excellence of Islamic education and at the same time ensure its continuity and relevance. Yang Berhormat Pehin added the solution will be in the integration of general knowledge into religious schools or Islamic education.
With the theme ‘Towards Excellence in Islamic Higher Education in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 Era’, the seminar strives to identify challenges of the revolution to the continuity of higher Islamic education besides providing a platform to the academic staff, researchers and industries to discuss and collaborate in exploring opportunities to enhance the quality of higher Islamic education in line with the demands of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. The seminiar continued with a keynote address titled, the Role of Islamic Universities in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 Era by Associate Professor Doctor Mohd Rushdan bin Mohd Jailani, Deputy Vice Chancellor (for Students Affairs and Alumni) Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). 84 working papers will be tabled by participants from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Republic of Philippines and countries from the Middle East.
Source: Radio Television Brunei