M’sian group keen to cooperate with Brunei in enhancing Quran education
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
NINE delegates from Institut Al-Quran Terengganu (IQT), Malaysia yesterday made working visits around the Sultanate to look for opportunities to work together with their Bruneian counterparts in learning and also enhancing their Al-Quran education.
This was said by the head of the delegation, Dato' Dr Hj Alias Hj Abdullah, director of the IQT on the sidelines of their visits to the Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB), the Royal Regalia Building in the capital, and the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Islamic Exhibition Gallery at the State Mufti’s Office.
“Previously, we heard a number of teachers and experts especially within the fields of the Quran from Malaysia came to work here, and this (motivated) us to come here and to closely observe and study the development of such education, especially at the Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah,” he said.
During his visit to the ITQSHHB, he made a remark during a briefing that he was impressed at the structure of the institution where the prayer hall was placed at the centre, enabling students to perform their prayers conveniently even though they are in the middle of their studies.
“We were also quite touched to know that the establishment of the ITQSHHB was due to the ideas and the contributions of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei,” he said.
“And this is in line with his role not just as the head of state, but also the head of the religion who is responsible in keeping Islam alive and developing here,” he added.
The visit to the gallery at the State Mufti’s Office was the most interesting as he was able to view relics of the past which entailed the history of the developments of Islam from its beginning.
“There were also things that we have never seen before, including the manuscripts, in which we think that it will also be a good opportunity to conduct good researches here in Brunei,” he said.
With regards to cooperation in the field of Al-Quran education, Dato' Dr Hj Alias said that the group would examine and discuss the matter upon their return back home.
The visit, which was arranged by the Department of Schools Inspectorate, was reciprocal to the one made by the department to Terengganu earlier this year.
The delegates will leave Brunei tomorrow.
The Brunei Times