Malaysian students return after gaining religious knowledge

National 3 minutes, 17 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TEN students from Malaysia yesterday concluded their visit to Brunei as part of a programme to increase their religious knowledge. The International Networking Programme, which was held at Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB), is among the efforts by Melaka’s Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA) Sharifah Rodziah to ensure their students improve their knowledge by participating in lessons and activities at religious schools abroad.

The 10 students from SMKA Sharifah Rodziah attended classes at ITQSHHB from August 30 and also visited several historic landmarks in the country.

One of the participants, Rabiatul Adawiyah Rosli, said the differences in lessons here and in Malaysia were evident.

“Here, the teachers constantly stress the importance of correct and proper pronunciation,” she said, adding the memorisation techniques are also different in Brunei compared to Malaysia.

“But I believe it’s good that we learn these different methods and techniques. It gives us insight into how we can improve and what we can improve on.”

Throughout her time here, Rabiatul Adawiyah said she learned to improve her makhraj or articulation and tajweed or knowledge and application of the rules of recitation and articulacy. She said she felt blessed to have the opportunity to learn not only academically but also about Brunei’s culture. “We visited so many landmarks in Brunei, and I’m truly blessed to be able to experience and see first-hand how the culture and traditions are here.”

Another student, Zainab Athiyah Muhamad Zaki, said participating in the lessons enabled her to learn more about tasmik, the procedure where students’ Al-Quran reading is assessed, and murajaah, or revision methods.

“Personally, I wanted to improve my memorisation techniques from reading one page of the Quran to two pages (per day). Through the programme, I now believe I can achieve this goal.”

Zainab Athiyah said that even though the reading, recitation and memorisation techniques are different between the two countries, she believes the methods here can still be applied in Malaysia.

“The teachers here also really stress on tajweed, and I hope we can follow this as well as share our experiences when we go back to Melaka.”

Meanwhile, Nur Rushdah Mohd Mokhtar said she was particularly impressed with how the students at the institute read, recite and memorise the Quran.

“The Quran is a holy book that’s important for us Muslims. I’m very impressed how the teachers and students and Bruneians in general treat the Quran and make it part of their daily lives.

“Since the teachers here at the institute are from different countries, I’ve learned so many things from each and every one of them, particularly on tajweed.”

Nur Rushdah said she was also impressed with how Bruneians prioritise the Malay language as well as Jawi writings.

“I see Jawi writings everywhere here — in shops, on signboards — which show Islamic value. Bruneians are also so friendly and welcoming. It’s made our stay here very pleasant.”

SMKA Sharifah Rodziah’s principal, Hj Ismail Mohmd, said he was grateful for the opportunity the students were given to visit the institute and participate in the lessons. “We’ve received excellent treatment from the institute as well as the people here in general. We’re also very impressed with how Bruneians hold and treat the Quran.”

Hj Ismail said the visit was also a way of strengthening relations between the two countries.

He concluded by thanking the institute for the excellent treatment and invited ITQSHHB’s Acting Principal, Pg Hj Haslin Pg Hj Ali, to visit SMKA Sharifah Rodziah in the near future.

Pg Haslin said the institute was honoured to receive a visit from SMKA Sharifah Rodziah.

“This visit signifies the close relations between both countries and I believe it’s important for us to help one another, especially in the field of education.”

He said he hoped the two institutes would continue to work together not just in education but various fields.

The Brunei Times