Tuesday, 1 November 2016

New Aspirations for Usrah Mahallah


Let us start 1 Safar 1438H and the drive of the International Islamic University Malaysia Council of Nuqaba’ and Naqibaat of Usrah Mahallah by presenting our utmost praise and gratitude to Allah SWT. His Pleasure enables us to be by the side of this University in continuing its aspiration towards being the best in the world in promoting Integration, Islamisation, Internationalisation and Comprehensive Excellence.

Let us, at the same time, extend our sincerest greetings and appreciation to our Messenger SAW, for the purest love he left for Islam and the Muslim Ummah, and for the hardest struggle he faced all his life, together with his family members and comrades, to make Islam glorious all over the world.

Last September, particularly from 23 to 25 September, we attended Nuqaba’ Training off campus. For the first time, since the rejuvenation of Usrah Mahallah by Student Affairs and Development Division (STADD) and the Council of Principals (COPs) of the University in 2014, Nuqaba’ Training held for 3 days and 2 nights, instead of having it only for one night. I am sure that everyone present in Kuala Kubu Bharu enjoyed and learned from that training and the greenery of Kuala Kubu Bharu very much.

The history, unfortunately, did not stop there. Last 25th day of September, we made a more remarkable history. Consequent to Nuqaba’ Training, we were able to issue and, accordingly, sign Kuala Kubu Bharu Declaration on Usrah Mahallah, a document comprising of our hope and commitment that Usrah will prevail as a part of Islamisation in this University.

Allow me to speak on behalf of this Council in forwarding, for another time, the Council’s heartiest congratulations to COPs for both histories recorded in the book of history of this University. Allow me, as well, to appear for Mahallah as-Siddiq in extending its unfeigned thanks to all Mahallat for their participation in that training, and for their support and collaboration in making such Declaration a success.

Today, we mark another history for us all and for the University. Today, we assemble in this Chamber to exercise our duties and responsibilities towards the Declaration – to mark the establishment of this Council in the University’s history page and to continue our effort in bringing Usrah Mahallah one stage higher through possible ways and means.

This assembly was made possible by Yang Berbahagia Professor Datuk Dr. Mizan bin Hitam, Deputy Rector (Student Affairs) of this University, who has consented to: (1) give his consent towards the Declaration; (2) allow the establishment and the start of the drive of this Council; and (3) meet all members of Usrah Mahallah System and representatives of this Council, on a date and time to be fixed in due course, in order to provide further discussion on the ways and means this Declaration could be fully exercised by this University.

I am sure that I speak on behalf of everyone present in this Chamber in forwarding to Yang Berbahagia Datuk our heartiest appreciation for such pleasure and consent. We are much honoured that Yang Berbahagia Datuk continues, to the best of his ability, to support everything we do for Usrah Mahallah and, at a larger context, for Islamisation at our respective Mahallah and our University.

While we look forward to the continuous encouragement by Yang Berbahagia Datuk, and another stage of support the University is expected to render, I call myself and everyone present in this Chamber to continue our service towards our University and its community.

In fact, we are no longer small in this University. If one of us here thinks that we are still small, let me tell you so you may reflect: our smallness does not signify our weakness. As supports and encouragements continue to come from various parties inside and outside this University, we continue to grow up and to be stronger than before.

The establishment of this Council and, accordingly, Nuqaba’ and Naqibaat Committee in all Mahallat in this University makes us stronger. The reason is crystal clear: while each Committee at Mahallah level continues to gather participants to Usrah sessions and deliver lessons according to Usrah Module, this Council will continue to support the duties and responsibilities of Nuqaba’ and Naqibaat of all Mahallat by all possible means. For an easy understanding, let me describe this Council as follows: “We dare to dream; we care to share.”

Cognisant of the obligation of this Council to assist, support and encourage each other in Usrah Mahallah according to such principle, this Council is expected to do more. Once this meeting is adjourned, this Council is expected to start working for Grand Usrah, which is expected to take place before the end of this semester. This proposed Grand Usrah will be organised in collaboration with Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque, and will gather at least 800 participants from all 16 Mahallat.

If possible, it is suggested that this Council organises an Executive Usrah. For a better understanding, it is an Usrah involving all delegates in this Council, where we can share our thoughts and experiences with a referee of this Council (which will be appointed soon) on a topic that closely related to our Muslim Ummah in the context of this University.

More actions have been proposed (and will be proposed) to this Council for the development of Usrah Mahallah, but let us try ourselves to work for the nearest to us first, not only for the delivery of Usrah in our respective Mahallah, but the organisation of the proposed Grand Usrah, which all Mahallat will be involved.

Above all, let us continue this endeavour. Make each and every one of us great again. Together we share our hearts and hands in making Usrah Mahallah a successful product in this University; not only for the success of this University and us all, but also for the success of Islam and the Muslim Ummah at large and, at Malaysian context, for the realisation of aspiration shared by our National Education Philosophy, towards producing well-balanced individuals.

To end my words, I thank very much all present in this Chamber, not only for their presence, but also for their support and encouragement shown towards this august Council and its noble struggle. I am deeply honoured that we mark another history at this moment. I am sure that all members of this Council shared with me the same honour.

May Allah bless us all; and may Allah bless the Garden of Knowledge and Virtue, forever more!

On behalf of Mahallah as-Siddiq,

AWANG ABDUL MUIZZ BIN AWANG MARUSIN
Chairman, Council of Nuqaba' and Naqibaat of Usrah Mahallah
International Islamic University Malaysia

IIUM Council of Nuqaba' and Naqibaat of Usrah Mahallah Inaugural Meeting
Monday, 31 October 2016, 9.40 pm
Seminar Room E, IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance
Gombak, Selangor

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