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MoF lecture on benefits of fasting

FEMALE officers and staff of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and departments under it, attended a talk yesterday titled “Ada Apa Dengan Ramadhan?” at the MoF’s theatre hall.

The lecture was delivered by a speaker from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr Lilly Suzana Hj Shamsu who highlighted the benefits of fasting during the month of Ramadhan.

“Ramadhan is ibadat (acts of worship) that is obligatory. Other obligatory acts of worship include the five daily solat (prayers) and performing Haj.”

During Ramadhan, Allah SWT wants us not to just abstain from food and drinks, said Dr Lilly Suzana.

It involves keeping one’s ears, eyes, tongue, hands, feet and all other organs free from sin as well as protecting the heart from unworthy thoughts.

“Ramadhan is a time to fast not just the body but mentally and emotionally as well.”

Fasting indoctrinates Muslims in patience and selflessness, as through fasting, one feels the pains of deprivation but endures them patiently, she said.

She added those performing acts of worships during Ramadhan are greatly rewarded.

“Among the acts of worship that is greatly rewarded include reading the Quran, recitingzikir (an act of remembering Allah SWT) and doing charity work such as giving alms (sedakah) to those in need.”

Apart from performing acts of worship, she stressed that maintaining and strengthening relations with others is just as important.

“When you go to work in the morning, smile as it is a form of sedakah. Making other people happy is also a form of sedakah.”

She said it is important to have, maintain and strengthen relations with others especially during the holy month of Ramadhan.

She said we should also invite others to perform acts of worship to please Allah SWT such as performing tadarus (group recitation of the Quran).

“By performing tadarus together, we can learn from one another and correct each other’s mistakes.”

“At the end of Ramadhan, we will become better individuals as we have practised patience and performed acts of worship to clean and purify our souls,” said Dr Lilly Suzana.

Prior to the lecture, the officers and staff held a mass Zohor prayer at MoF’s surau. Present as the guest of honour was Pg Hjh Siti Nirmala Pg Hj Mohammad, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at MoF.

Courtesy: The Brunei Times

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