ITQSHHB accepts new ‘Aliyah Qiraat students

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TWENTY-SEVEN students have been accepted at Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) to pursue a diploma in ‘Aliyah Qiraat.

In a ceremony held yesterday at the institute’s prayer hall, the 14 male and 13 female students were presented with Mushaf Al-Quran and Kitab Qiraat (Qiraat books) by the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Hj Harun Hj Junid.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, a teacher who declined to be named said the new students are the seventh intake and will be joining 33 others who are studying under the programme. She said this is the highest number of students since the programme was introduced in 2010.

The aims of the ‘Aliyah Qiraat programme include producing more individuals who can memorise the Quran.

During the three-year programme, students will be taking several modules including Al-Quran studies, Qiraat, Islamic studies, Arabic language and Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB).

They will also be guided and trained by a Huffaz (an individual who is able to memorise 30 Juzuk of the Quran).

To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be Muslim, citizens or permanent residents, posses a Jayyid (good) rank in at least four subjects in the Brunei Islamic Studies Certificate (SPUB) examinations or four credits in the Brunei Cambridge GCE O-Level examinations or their equivalent, including Malay and Arabic languages.

The diploma programme is also open to non-residents who can apply by writing to the chairman of the board of ITQSHHB.

The Brunei Times