Bringing international students together for Iftar

By Najmi Mamat

GOMBAK, 24 May 2019: An Iftar that brought together some 80 international students of various nationalities from around the Muslim and the non-Muslim world, including Malaysians, studying in IIUM here, was held at banquet hall, Muhammad Abdul Raouf building yesterday (23 May).

Organised by Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS), the event was aimed at gathering student leaders, lecturers and foreign students living away from their families, to come together for the breaking of fast.

Its Dean, Dr. Shukran Abdul Rahman, who was also present at the event, said that the Kulliyyah had decided to have it on a bigger scale this time compared to last year.

“We have gathered around nine clubs under this Kulliyyah and each club has sent around 10 international students of different nationalities to attend the event,” he said, adding that “such a programme has become a platform for the university to provide support in terms of hospitality to international students”.

Meanwhile, IIUMToday spoke to some foreign students asking them on their Ramadan experience in Malaysia.

Assem Byanouni, 23, from Syria said that fasting in Malaysia is much easier than in his country as the duration is much shorter. He further said that he was already familiar with the experience here after having stayed in Malaysia for almost four years.

Asked on the current humanitarian crisis following a conflict in his country and other Muslim world, likewise Abdulghafour, 25, also from Syria, reminded Malaysians that keeping unity is most important to ensure peace and stability in the country.

“As Malaysians, you must maintain the unity by not looking at the differences in terms of race and religion, instead, should hold to the principles of humanity,” he said, indicating that he felt very happy to be invited to the iftar.

Abdurrraafi, 25, a student from India has a different story. He said after having been in Malaysia for two years he found that this Muslim majority country has a lot to offer to other Muslim countries, and he particularly appreciated this country for hosting the international students.

“This year will be a new experience for me, my wife and son, because we’ll celebrate Aidilfitri together in Malaysia, as usually I used to go back to Mumbai every year,” he told IIUMToday.

Among those who graced the iftar session were KIRKHS’s Deputy Dean (Student Affairs), Dr. Mohd. Noh Abdul Jalil, Deputy Rector (Internationalisation and Global Network), Prof. Dr. Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, and Deputy Dean (Post Graduate), Prof. Dr. Wahabuddin Ra’ees. ***

Najmi Mamat

Najmi Mamat, or Najmi Syahiran Mamat is a Journalism student, who is working as Senior Journalist at IIUMToday (university news portal) and a former Managing Editor. Besides having a position as a news anchor at its bulletin production, he is actively participating in theater performances and in love with photography as well as travelling and vlogging. He works as a part-timer of event emcee too.

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