Islamic Studies department to introduce new subject

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Islamic Studies Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs will be introducing a subject focused on understanding the contents of Al-Quran for academic year 2017 in religious schools, said the Minister of Religious Affairs yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman said this at the presentation of certificates to 48 religious school students in the 25th ‘Khatam Al-Quran Incentive Scheme’ for students below 10 years old at religious and Arabic schools in the country at Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) yesterday.

The minister said that the introduction of the new subject will first be researched before being implemented. No further details of the proposed subject are available.

The objective of introducing the subject is to complement the khatam Al-Quran incentive scheme, he said.

He said the number of participants is still small compared to the number of religious school students who enrolled in the pre to year two classes.

He added that the low number can be attributed to the stringent criteria set by the scheme. The proposed subject can help equip the students with the knowledge for them to be able to participate in the scheme.

The introduction of the subject aimed at creating a generation of future Bruneians who are ‘celik Al-Quran’ (literate and knowledgeable in Al-Quran) and possess comprehensive knowledge of Al-Quran.

He elaborated that a generation that is literate in Al-Quran comprised those who can recite Al-Quran fluently with tajweed (the knowledge and application of the rules of recitation and articulacy); understand its contents and recite Al-Quran as part of his religious deeds to gain fadhilat (benefit).

The minister said the level of Al-Quran learning in the country is at an advanced level in terms of its recitation and memorisation.

“I am confident on the capabilities of the officers at the Islamic studies department that have agreed to the proposal and gave positive response for the subject to be implemented in 2017, InsyaAllah,” he said.

The 48 religious school students under the age of 10 are now part of the 1,043 students who participated in the scheme since 1991.

The students were ranked according to their respective skill levels.

Out of the 48, five students were ranked as ‘excellent’, 39 students were ranked ‘good’ and four received consolation prizes. Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Religious School received an award for Best Overall School.

One of the students receiving the certificate was His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah’s granddaughter, YAM Pg Anak Qaiyimah Nurul Bolkiah Pg Hj Mohammad Hakimmuddin who studies at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Religious School. Also present at the event was her mother, YAM Pg Anak Hjh Taiyibah Qalbul Bolkiah and husband.

Acting Director of Islamic Studies, Hjh Rusita Hj Yahya in her speech said out of the 280 students participating in the scheme, only 186 made it to the preliminary rounds. Out of 186, only 48 students were successful in the tasmik (the procedure where the students Al-Quran reading are assessed) requirement set by the department. Hjh Rusita said in the tasmik session, the students were evaluated in terms of their voice, song, fasahah (fluency) and tajweed. The scheme is the department’s annual project through its co-curriculum section. It aimed at encouraging students to learn and to complete reciting Al-Quran before they reached 10 years old. The scheme also aimed at familiarising the students with Al-Quran and to make the recitation of Al-Quran a daily practice.

The Brunei Times