Alumni share how experience of student days had shaped their life today

By Balqis Asrof

GOMBAK, 22 January 2022: Four alumni of AbdulHamid AbuSulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (AHAS KIRKHS) told the Ibadah Camp that the knowledge, training and exposure they initially had from the days of matriculation at the Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) and during undergraduate days at the university, were significant in shaping their personalities and characters in their respective career in serving the community today.

The Ibadah Camp held on Friday had invited the four IIUM alumni to share their experience during their IIUM days on the theme ‘Reality of Life: From the Perspective of Surah Al-Mujaadilah (Verse 11). They were Prof. Dr. Solehah Hj. Yaakob, Dr. Harmi Taazim Mohamad, Dr. Ghazali Zainuddin and Dr. Mensur Zeqiri.

Prof. Dr. Solehah Hj. Yaakob from the Department of Arabic Language and Literature shared her 16 years of experience as a student from the days of her matriculation until her PhD years in IIUM saying that she benefited a lot from the education she received at the university that had made what she is today.

In achieving the best quality of education, IIUM had set its vision and mission for the students to attain a holistic learning environment and facilitate in creating an educated Islamic-based community, she remarked.

She said the process of studying and researching had become synonymous with university students and lecturers along with staff members and the campus community.

Asked on what she feels about achieving a balanced graduate she said English is important especially in writing skills. She highlighted three things should go together; Arabic, English and technology.

“Knowing Arabic well, knowing English well and knowing technology well,” she shared tips for being a successful student.

Dr. Harmi Taazim Mohamad, an academic from the Department of Communication, who is also the director of Office for Communication, Advocacy and Promotion (OCAP), underlined the importance of integrating Amanah in which he focused on individual’s responsibility in sharing the right information and knowledge. 

Harmi, who had several years of industry experience having served TV3 (Media Prima) as a broadcast journalist before pursuing his PhD and becoming an academic, emphasised that sharing positiveness could help in building a healthy Islamic society.

The importance of integrating Islamic values in academics was highlighted by Dr. Ghazali Bin Zainuddin from Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (KUIS). 

Ghazali stated that IIUM had assisted him in looking from various perspectives and insights during his years of study as he felt lucky and appreciative to be able to be part of the holistic system of learning.

The last panelist, Dr. Mensur Zeqiri from International Business Academy of Switzerland, shared the main elements he gathered from the university that had contributed to his life experience – Good Faith, Knowledge and Good Character. 

Mensur, who studied Communication, also highlighted that the intercultural studying environment in IIUM had helped him to understand more about other people from around the world which had expanded on his knowledge.

The Ibadah Camp had put focus on the importance of knowledge integration in terms of Islamic perspectives in academic field, having to adapt to technology, mastering new languages and participating in an intercultural environment in building good characters to serve the community.

The session started with an opening remarks by the Dean of the Kulliyyah, Prof. Dr. Shukran Abdul Rahman, highlighting the importance of sharing knowledge with others.

The Ibadah Camp 2022 was organised by AHAS KIRKHS via Zoom and was attended by the academic staff as well as students from the Kulliyyah.***

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