Friday Sermon: Role of Human Beings in Achieving Sustainable Development

27 January 2024

Imams reminded worshippers of their responsibility to protect the planet from degradation

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In a Friday sermon on 26 January 2024, Imams reminded worshippers of their responsibility towards earth as stewards (Khalifah) of the earth.

The Imams highlighted the mutual relationship between humans and the environment where one needs the other to survive and thrive. They reminded that Allah the Almighty has forbidden corruption and damage to lives, property, and the environment. Thus, human beings are entrusted with a responsibility towards the earth by using and benefiting from available resources in a responsible manner to ensure that the environment can be enjoyed by future generations. Subsequently, Imams underlined that such sustainable development is in line with the Wawasan Brunei 2035 and the global sustainable development framework.

During the sermon, imams suggested a few simple everyday practices to support sustainable development such as:

  1. Use environmentally-friendly products and refrain from using single-use plastics;
  2. Save water and electricity consumption by reducing usage according to need;
  3. Support local businesses especially those that can maintain good environmentally-friendly accomplishments;
  4. Participate in beneficial initiatives for example working together to clean the environment and plant trees; and
  5. Avoid food waste taking into consideration that 32% of the country's waste originates from food.

To conclude their sermon, Imams reminded the congregation that one of the ways to show thankfulness towards the gifts that have been given by Allah the Almighty is by protecting and allowing the resources on this earth to prosper. To that end, they called upon worshippers to come together to protect the Earth's resources by adopting good practices towards achieving the Wawasan Brunei 2035.

A summary of the sermon prepared by the Mosque Affairs Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs


No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Quality Education
Good Health and Well-Being
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Affordable and Clean Energy
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Life On Land
Partnerships For The Goals

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