Photo caption: the students taking their food and drink for iftar jami’e.
By Hamka Rosli
GOMBAK, 2 MARCH 2015: It was a gathering organised by Wawasan club IIUM to bring back the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) on performing optional fast. The intention was good where the club invited all members and non-members to attend the iftar jami’e in open space at Edu Square. This event was part of club’s campaign known as ‘Jom Puasa Sunat’.
The concept is quite simple where those who fast during that day gather around and having a breakfast together. Through this event it is believed that the students will start remembering again the importance of upholding the Sunnah of the prophet (peace be upon him). The reason why the club chose optional fast over the other Sunnah is because it is among the easiest to be practiced.
Apart from that, the president of Wawasan club, Ahmad Izzuddin Yunus, a final year student at KOED, believed that the iftar jami’e can bring members closer and create the bond between other non-members too. He said that it is important to build the ukhuwah among Muslim members and by practicing the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) the brotherhood can be regenerated.
The president of GPMS (Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung) and BEDSA (Bachelor of Education Students’ Association) were among those who joined the event to show their support.
Over this event it is hoped that members can elevate the Sunnah despite the different ideology or background that each individual possesses. “Even with the differences, we can still perform this simple Sunnah and that is the beauty of Islam” said Ahmad Izzuddin.
“Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to go to the battle field during war doing jihad, and we as a student, seeking knowledge is part of jihad and if we perform the optional fast, we already exemplify the Prophet (peace be upon him)” he added. For him, seeing his friends from other clubs joining the iftar jami’e together really makes him happy.
The event started right after Mahgrib by serving the students with tamar and some water. Then they proceeded to congregational Mahgrib prayer. Those who came were satisfied with the food provided and blessed with the event that brought them closer towards each other.***