Convocation ceremony more lively with the presence of artist Heliza Helmi

By Muammar Hadi and Nurin Najmina

GOMBAK, 18 August 2022: A day to remember as actress Nur Heliza Helmi celebrated her sister’s graduation, Nur Hazwani Afiqah Binti Helmi, from AbdulHamid Abusulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (AHAS KIRKHS) in the 10th session of the 37th IIUM Convocation Ceremony. 

The renowned actress and freelance preacher, Datin Sri Nur Heliza Helmi, famously known as Heliza Helmi, graced the convocation ceremony with her husband, Dato’ Sri Mahadi Badrul Zaman, a successful businessman, and her parents. 

“I’m very proud of my younger sister as she’s always been someone who loves learning and sharing knowledge,” expressed Nur Heliza during her younger sister’s graduation. 

She continued by hoping that all those who graduated will be successful both in this life and the Hereafter and would bring benefit to others, emphasising that “the best amongst you are those that benefit others”.

She gave much-needed advice to all graduates saying, “the journey to success never ends, so we have to think of how we can benefit not just the ummah but animals”. 

She also praised the university for setting a good example for everyone with the establishment of the Abu Hurairah Club aimed at showing the beauty of Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin (Mercy to all) by rescuing and caring for stray cats on campus. 

Hazwani was inspired by her older sister to become a more successful person as she shared her sister’s journey to success by saying, “I watched my sister travel from Sabah back to KL every weekend during her studies to fulfil her responsibilities of looking after the family.”

Despite the struggle, her sister was able to graduate with flying colours which motivated her to become a bright student. 

She reached a point where she was close to giving up her studies, but her sister’s advise, “Know that with knowledge, Allah will ease your daily matters,” has got her where she is right now.

She further emphasised that according to scholars, if you want to be successful in the world and the Hereafter, you still need knowledge and seeking knowledge is also a form of ibadah. 

“Even though we’re 11 years apart, we are very close because we have the same interests and our journey to success is roughly the same,” said the graduate when asked about her relationship with her sister. 

To conclude, Dato’ Sri Mahadi shared his advice on how to become successful in this world and the Hereafter saying, “We need to focus, never give up, and push our limits.” ***

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