"We prefer to combine instead of compete as we believe that unity in diversity is the core of success."
Becoming the President of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Mahallah as-Siddiq Representative Committee (MRC as-Siddiq) on 2 February 2015 was another history not only for me and my family, but also this Mahallah and this University.
It was my personal privilege to serve this University, yet a great challenge for me as I hold a great responsibility not only towards the University authority, but also some 900 constituents of me. My previous team experienced the same as well.
As a result, we came to another significant stage of success. Instead of being successful in organising 14 Mahallah activities throughout the year, my team were fortunate that 6 Mahallat and 1 non-governmental organisation had been with us in realising 4 collaborative activities.
At the same time, my team managed to achieve 76 percent of MRC Strategic Plan 2015 – 6 percent beyond the real target.
It’s an Honour
Many reasons led to the success, yet many rooms of improvement we have to enter – and we will enter them. Realising this, I come back to this august Assembly and take this chair for the second yet transitional term.
Thank you very much for the trust given to me. It’s an honour to stand before you again, especially at the time we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Mahallah as-Siddiq. I would not be here once more without your prayers and support.
20th Anniversary of Mahallah as-Siddiq
Embrace the pride and gratitude in our heart as we turn 20, this Hijri year.
“Whoever is grateful [to Allah] is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favour] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.”
20 years is, indeed, not a short journey for this Mahallah. It was a colourful journey that this Mahallah went through with joy and sorrow; with tears and bloods.
Many peoples have been there in order to make this Mahallah a worthy part of this University. Our officials have been working tirelessly for the convenience and comfortability of our peoples here. Our brothers have dedicated themselves to drive hundreds of activities for this Mahallah, which some of them are international.
Today, we are very proud to see the series of achievements and recognitions marked by this Mahallah since the first day of its establishment; more than what our Mahallah has achieved in IIUM Sports Carnival (ISC), IIUM Inter Mahallat Cultural Week (IMCW) or IIUM Mahallah Quality Award (MQA).
Otherwise, this Mahallah would not be a meaningful subdivision of this University. That’s the cause we thank and acknowledge them for everything they did for this University, particularly this Mahallah.
As their successors, we learn from their passion, dedication and sacrifice in order to bring this Mahallah to another stop of triumph.
As we turn 20 this Hijri year, we should bring this University – this Mahallah, in particular – further together, so let us do better.
Kalau bukan kita, siapa lagi? Kalau bukan sekarang, bila lagi? Kalau bukan di sini, di mana lagi?
Vision and Mission of Mahallah as-Siddiq
We shall do this without further delay as we are now bound with our own direction.
“Generating the True Hope” is the Vision of Mahallah as-Siddiq. The “True Hope” defines our True North – towards individual and collective success in this World and the Hereafter. That’s the reason there is no timeframe for such Vision.
The Mission, at the other side, symbolise the way our Mahallah will be working in order to realise the Vision, which is to “provide excellent services, quality facilities and beneficial activities in order to establish a place of choice where the Champion of IIUM Community is produced.”
The Mission itself reflects the need of our Mahallah to be conscious towards the importance of body and soul of our community. There will be no community without one of both.
In the other words, I prefer to say that we come here not only to prepare for the next body and soul of the community, but also for the next generation – equipped with knowledge and virtue – who will take charge of them.
We have no time, actually, though the Vision and Mission of our Mahallah are timeless, so this is our time – let’s start creating and steering ways and means by everything we have.