HIKMAH - ...dan orang-orang (Ansar) yang mendiami negeri (Madinah) serta beriman sebelum mereka, mengasihi orang-orang yang berhijrah ke negeri mereka, dan tidak ada pula dalam hati mereka perasaan berhajatkan apa yang telah diberi kepada orang-orang yang berhijrah itu; dan mereka juga mengutamakan orang-orang yang berhijrah itu lebih daripada diri mereka sendiri, sekalipun mereka dalam keadaan kekurangan dan amat berhajat; dan (ingatlah), sesiapa yang menjaga serta memelihara dirinya daripada dipengaruhi oleh tabiat bakhilnya, maka merekalah orang-orang yang berjaya. (Surah al-Hasyr, ayat 9)

Monday, 1 February 2016

Community of Opportunities: Combination Instead of Competition


"We prefer to combine instead of compete as we believe that unity in diversity is the core of success."

Recapping 2015

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.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Mendepani Kepayahan Hidup Mahasiswa Universiti

Hancur hati saya, akhir-akhir ini, dengan kisah orang-orang kita yang berlapar kerana ketiadaan wang. Hati ini lebih hancur apabila kisah sedemikian rupa menjadi muka depan surat khabar ternama yang dibaca di serata negara dan tersebar di dada-dada media sosial. Lalu, berlakulah pertikaman lidah antara sesama sendiri, yang kemudiannya menuding jari ke sana ke mari atas perkara ini.

Banyak punca yang menyebabkan keadaan sedemikian. Bermula daripada keadaan sosioekonomi sesebuah keluarga yang terlalu sukar; sehinggakan wang pinjaman mahupun biasiswa pendidikan yang diterima terpaksa diberikan kepada keluarga untuk kelangsungan hidup keluarga - satu tindakan yang punya sisi baik dan buruknya.

Keadaan lebih rumit dengan rumitnya keadaan ekonomi negara yang berpunca daripada landskap ekonomi global yang semakin tidak kondusif. Ketidakstabilan nilai matawang dan harga komoditi merupakan penyebabnya. Kesannya, suasana politik peringkat tempatan mahupun antarabangsa juga menjadi semakin suram dan kusam dek peperangan yang bertujuan hanya untuk merebut sumber dan kuasa semata-mata.

Banyak lagi punca jika kita mampu selidiki sedalam-dalamnya. Diri kita - yang sudah tahu susah, tetapi tetap ingin terus menyepi dan membiarkan diri susah - mungkin menjadi puncanya. Oleh itu, sekarang bukanlah masanya untuk menuding satu jari kepada mana-mana pihak pada waktu jari-jari yang lain menunjuk ke arah kita di luar sedar.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Berterima Kasih kepada 2015

Melangkah meninggalkan tahun 2015 sambil menuju ke tahun 2016 bukanlah sesuatu yang menggembirakan.

Hal ini demikian bukanlah kerana terlalu banyaknya kenangan terindah yang kita ukir sepanjang tahun sudah; bukanlah juga kerana keadaan tahun mendatang yang disifatkan lebih mencabar berbanding tahun-tahun sebelumnya; tetapi kerana masa yang kita ada saat ini yang akan terus berputar ke hadapan, tiada lagi putaran ke belakang.

Oleh yang demikian, umur kita pun pantas jugalah berlalu. Kita semakin hampir ke penghujung. Tiada seorang pun yang tahu bilakah sampainya penghujung itu.

Sebahagian daripada kita sudah mencecahnya. Kita mohon kepada Yang Maha Pencipta agar dilimpahkan rahmat dan maghfirah ke atas semua yang mendahului kita, lebih-lebih lagi mereka yang tersayang.

Saatnya akan tiba. Kita akan menyusul. Kita harus bersedia; bukan sahaja dengan mengerjakan segala amal ibadah dan kewajipan, tetapi juga dengan menunaikan segala khidmat bakti dan kebajikan selagi diberi kekuatan.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Being a Part of the ASEAN Community

The day has come. Another history of the world is created.

This is the day the ASEAN Community is established, comprising of 625 million peoples from 10 Member States of ASEAN. It is a result of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the ASEAN Community signed by all Heads of State and Government of ASEAN on 22 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

From this day forward, everyone becoming a citizen of an ASEAN Member State will be a part of the ASEAN Community, working for peace and prosperity by all means. Every people and institution existed in ASEAN will play their roles in promoting the ASEAN Community and its uniqueness to the present world.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Experiencing Sociology in Education

Education, according to Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, is a process of instilling something into human beings. ‘Something’ has a wide meaning, depending to someone’s view. However, ‘something’, in this article, could be the knowledge and virtue. To be clear, education is a journey taken by someone to seek knowledge and inculcate virtue.

Education is the most crucial part of the society. A society is established and developed because of its systematic education. Education makes such society successful as it provides them a clear guideline towards a true and strong religious and philosophical belief as well as an effective and efficient political, economical and sociocultural framework. Consequently, such society becomes strong, peaceful and prosperous.