By Shazni Ong
It is almost as if Ramadhan has come a few days earlier than expected for the community of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
As one of the holiest months in Islam, it is said yet highly encouraged for those who will be fasting to perform good deeds. Yet somehow the act of doing good things has begun for those who are going to perform one of the five pillars of Islam.
On 26 June 2014, the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (SHAS) Mosque had organised the 2014 SHAS Mosque Carnival. It was held at the Mosque compound and was officiated by the Deputy Rector (Student Affairs), Prof. Datuk Dr. Mizan Hitam.
One of the significant programmes of the carnival was the distribution of the ‘bubur lambuk’. There were around 70 people who took part in preparing ‘bubur lambuk’.
Five big kawah (cooking pots) were used to cook the ‘bubur lambuk’ whereby around four to five people were helping in preparing it. Those who were not involved in preparing took part in packaging the food.
The turnout among those who voluntarily came to help in preparing the food was really overwhelming. Every year, nearly all of the food caterers within IIUM have given support in making the event a success.
“I have done this in the past for almost fourteen years. It is a good thing to do since Ramadhan is almost near. As we all know, ‘bubur lambuk’ is a traditional food in Malaysia whereby this is the time that you will be able to see everyone including the administrative staffs, IIUM security as well as those from Daya Bersih come in to help”, said Mahmoud Ahmed El Syed, one of the IIUM caterers who was involved in the preparation.
According to Ramlan Mahadi who was from the IIUM Health and Safety Unit, as well as the chairman for the ‘bubur lambuk’ distribution programme, this event has almost become a yearly affair by SHAS Mosque.
He said this was the time that one will be able to see volunteers coming from almost every department in the university to become committee members. They came in to help in the preparation and later in the distribution to those within and around the IIUM community.
He added, “It’s really happening. You can see different categories of staffs, mainly the normal administrative ones. They provide a great support, learn new experience together. This activity emphasises team work in preparing the ‘bubur lambuk’. You can see the warmth in the bond between the old and the young volunteers. For instance, the old cut and cook the raw materials while the young help to stir the big kawah. The knowledge and experience are shared between the two generations.”
“I would say the programme has been a success”, said Kamal, a staff from CLASS.
The SHAS Mosque have done a great job in helping the community around IIUM. Besides that, there were a lot of positive values that can be generated from the programme which brought benefits to those who were involved in making the event a success.
May Allah bless them all in this world and the hereafter.
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