ACTIVE participation in voluntary community work helps youths to understand their responsibilities towards their surroundings, and motivate one another to consider healthier activities in their free time.
During the cleaning campaign at Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Kampung Jangsak yesterday, youth participants were seen performing their clean-up duties with enthusiasm.
Among them was Mohammad Nur Hafidz Putra Manjanai, a member of the third intake of the Program Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN) or National Service Programme, who said that voluntary community works are golden opportunities for youths to interact more with other participants, fostering closer ties especially with the senior citizens in the area.
"Among the participants of the cleaning campaign we see today are the senior citizens, who also did heavy cleaning works; as youths, we are responsible to lend our hands to them as we are younger and have more energy than them," the 21-year-old said.
"As a member of the PKBN myself, I see that participating in activities such as this helps me to understand what was meant by the (programme's) vision of producing high-quality generations who do not have negative mindsets and unhealthy thoughts."
By taking part in voluntary community work, youths can also gain more experience through teamwork and also understand the community well, he added.
Muhd Hasif Hj Zulhimi, a 25-year-old member of the mosque youth group, said that participating in voluntary community work especially those related to maintaining cleanliness of the surrounding, is considered as a responsibility of a Muslim.
"This is because carrying out our cleaning duties also helps us to cleanse our (souls) where we develop the feelings of responsibility and 'inda camah mata' (attentive); that whenever we see rubbish lying around, we do not think twice before picking them up and putting them in their proper places," he said.
In order to develop these feelings, people need to learn to love their surroundings first, he said, adding that one of the ways is to interact with the people in their vicinity.
"In the case of the mosque, there are a lot of activities that the youths participate in, such as the Knowledge Convention (Majlis Ilmu) and religious talks. If youths spent most of the time attending these events, they will learn to appreciate and love the mosque itself," Muhd Hasif said.
Sharing the same sentiment was Muhd Khairul Hazwan Hj Jumat, a 19-year-old resident of Kampung Jangsak, who is regularly takes part in community work in his village.
He said that such activities, especially those related to cleanliness, is something that is encouraged in Islam and those who maintain them gain the blessings and love from Allah SWT.
Currently awaiting for his A Level results, Muhd Khairul said that he was able to get to know the people in his community and learn to work with them.