OCTOBER 2019 In conjunction with the theme of Magika Ceritera, this 3rd Islamic Pantun Festival (TEPANA) was organised by the Student Heritage and Literature Movement Club (PEWARIS). Five public & private universities participated in the festival that was held at Sultan Azlan Shah University.
The pantun event was held to appreciate our heritage that is full with moral values and wisdom, the ideas were conveyed in the form of rhymes, describing the height of manners and etiquette of the Malay community once upon a time.
Universiti Sains Malaysia was awarded as the Champion, and taking home a cash prize of RM2000. The runner-up was the International Islamic University Malaysia took with RM1000 as the cash prize whereas the third place was held by the Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam, taking home RM500 cash prize.
OCTOBER 2019In this USAS monthly meeting, the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) staffs were invited to provide information regarding the functions and benefits of the employee’s monthly contribution to the SOCSO.
The assembly concluded with a message from the university Vice-Chancellor, with the hope that USAS will be able inculcate moral values and foster everyone’s spirit to achieve the university’s missions and vision.
The Fellow of Islamic Studies in University of Oxford, YBhg. Orang Kaya-Kaya Imam Paduka Tuan Dato’ Dr. Afifi Al-Akiti, cum a member of the Sultan Azlan Shah University Board of Directors recently delivered a lecture entitled “Oxford and Islam” at the USAS Auditorium.
The event, organised by the Faculty of Islamic Studies, received a great response from the lecturers, students and community nearby due to the interesting sharing of knowledge and discourse.
Also present were Tan Sri Nordin Kardi, the USAS Vice Chancellor and the Honorable Tuan Haji Zainal bin Abu Seman, the Perak State Secretary.
OCTOBER 2019 Students of the Faculty of Management and Information Technology (FPTM) in USAS had taken part in the National Investment Challenge Extravaganza (N.I.C.E.2019), the programme was held at Universiti Utara Malaysia from October 3 to 5.
USAS was represented by two Bachelor of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) students, one Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) student and two Bachelor of Islamic Finance students.
OCTOBER 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah University is delighted to receive a visit from the Honourable Perak Secretary of State, YB Tuan Haji Zainal bin Abu Seman.
The visit around the campus was conducted by Executive Management, along with Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
: DATO’ DR AFIFI, USAS BOARD OF DIRECTOR, THE FIRST MALAY SCHOLAR IN OXFORD, THE FATWAS ISSUED BY HIM ARE REFERRED BY MUSLIMS OVER THE WORLDWritten by WebAdmin
There are fatwas that Islam does not condone any party, especially the Muslims to commit atrocities and kill the civilians. This has been recognised and held by many countries, thus placing Datuk Dr Afifi al-Akiti as the world’s leading scholar.
For the fellow of the Faculty of Islamic Studies in the University of Oxford, his manuscript was produced when he was a student at the university in the field of Theology, Philosophy and Islamic Studies.
His work in Arabic entitled ‘Mudafi al-Mazlum bi-Radd al-Muhamil ála Qital Man La Yuqatil’ (Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians), discusses about fighting for the oppressed by denouncing the killing of the civilians by the extremists, which was written following the London bombing on July 7, 2005.
Due to the incident, he sent a lengthy article via email to a group of scholars explaining that according to the Shafie, Islam does not teach its people to commit violent act. Indeed, Islam is a religion of peace.
The article, written in Arabic was well received by Muslim scholars and then get translated into many languages including English, French and German, making him known in the eyes of the world.
To date, the fatwa has been widely used as a reference by fellow preachers and academicians, besides being used as arguments by media practitioners including Mehdi Hasan, the Al-Jazeera broadcaster to refute the notion that Islam is a religion that supports terrorism.
Being listed in the top 500 influential Muslims, it is more impressive when Afifi, 43 years old, who hails from Batu Gajah, Perak becomes the first Malay, as well as the only Malaysian who is offered a permanent position at the top university, which has existed more than 900 years as a lecturer at the age of 32 due to his extensive knowledge and experience in Islamic studies.
He said, his tenure at the university is like being an ‘ambassador’ of the Archipelago community especially Malaysia because most of the University of Oxford students who are British, American and European have never set foot in Southeast Asia.
“This is a responsibility from Allah Almighty. I accept with humility. Alhamdulillah the community over there is truly nice and amazing, the can accept who I am. My class is also attended by other students such as those from the science faculty,” he said in a meeting when he was in Malaysia recently.
“In the UK, we aim to teach Islam in a resourceful and wise manner, with the narrative from the leading scholars such as Imam al-Ghazali to the Messenger of Allah, to avoid being misled by transgression,” he added.
The renowned scholar also held an important role as Imam Paduka Tuan (Orang Besar Delapan) Perak as the official advisor to the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah on various matters especially regarding Islam.
Able to communicate in seven languages, including Latin, Greek, French, German, Arabic, English and Malay, Afifi was also appointed as the member of Perak Council of Islamic Religion and Malay Customs by the late Sultan Azlan Shah in 2009.
In 2018, the Council of Rulers had appointed Afifi as the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Council of Rulers for Islamic Affairs at the federal level.
“The committee is crucial to convince stakeholders at the highest level of Islamic jurisdiction, namely, His Royal Highness the Malay Rulers to provide suggestions and rooms for improvement for the Islamic institutions at the federal level,” said Afifi.
Due to his ongoing international service and contribution, it is not surprising for him to be listed in “The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims” since 2010.
The manuscript written by him was published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan.
Afifi, who is also a fan of the films featuring the late Tan Sri P Ramlee as well as Star Wars series said besides the ceaseless effort, the secrets to his success is definitely the sacrifices he had had made and support from his family.
“Without sacrifice, we would not be where we want to be, and without the sacrifice of my family, I would not be where I am today. There is no easy way to succeed, we have to work hard, that is the secret to success,” he said.
Talking about his early education, the father of three said when he was in primary level, he moved from school to school around Selangor, to follow his mother who was a teacher back then.
Because of his perseverance and blessing from his familt, Afifi, who is also a member of the Malaysian Halal Council, eventually managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Scholastic Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science from Queen Belfast University, United Kingdom (2001), Master of Islamic Studies from the University of Oxford, UK (2002) and Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Islamic Studies, from University of Oxford, UK (2008).
“I had travelled abroad to seek knowledge and experience at the age of 15 because of my own desire. I travelled to many Arab countries to learn, including Morocco to study via talaqi (face to face) with the best scholars.
“I had the opportunity to become an imam in Belfast, Northern Ireland before pursuing my studies at the University of Oxford with a full scholarship as the ‘Clarendon Scholar' from the university until I completed my PhD,” added Afifi, who is the former recipient of the Prime Award cum Maulidur Rasul Figure 2017, at the national level.
As a scholar, he advised Muslims to better understand Islam and find balance in seeking worldly knowledge to achieve success in the hereafter.
“I believe that if Muslims succeed in the world, we can set an example with a universal, noble value for others to live on,” he said.
At the end of the conversation, Afifi pointed that Islam has become an inspiration to others to thrive, it is a beautiful, universal and perfect religion, but if the ummah are the other way around, then they need to work hard in learning about Islam and become better believers. –BERNAMA
SEPTEMBER 2019 The assembly of Diploma of Tahfiz Wal Qiraat (DTAQ) students was held at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Mosque on September 24, 2019 (Tuesday), along with the Head of Usuluddin Department, Dr. Mohd Fuad Mokhtar and fellow lecturers in the Quran Unit, Usuluddin Department to brief the students regarding the 1st Semester of 2019/2020 study session.
This bi-monthly gathering gather all DTAQ students in USAS.
SEPTEMBER 2019 The Raja Permaisuri Bainun Mosque Management Department, USAS had organised a charity programme at Al-Amin Pesantren, which is located in Mompang, Barumun Subdistrict, Padang Lawas District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The programme is named as Charity Programme – “'Dream Big & Fly High”, which is oriented to the contribution of English textbooks to the students over there.
The programme lasted for 10 days, from September 3 to September 12, 2019. Those involved to make the programme a success are two USAS lecturers, accompanying 12 students from USAS. Also involved in the programme are the pesantren teachers and students.
Among the activities and sessions carried out via this programme is English Enhancement Workshop for the pesantren students using the module delivered by USAS students. The module implementation is solely to help the pesantren students to master English. An “Art Therapy” workshop was also held, conducted by a USAS lecturer, Ms. Fatimah Binti Nooh. Throughout their stay in the pesantren, USAS had indeed surpassed the expectation and received positive feedbacks from the audience.
On the 9th day of the programme, the delegation from USAS made an official visit to the Padangsidimpuan State Islamic Religious Institute (IAIN), located in Padangsidimpuan City, North Sumatra, Indonesia. With the official visit, this furthers strengthen the relationship between these two institutes.
Via this programme implementation, the aims to provide the USAS students with real life exposure in the neighboring country (Indonesia) and contribute in terms of community service and waqf donation are realised.
An utmost gratitude to those who had sponsored and donated for the programmes. May Allah accept all of our deeds.
SEPTEMBER 2019 On September 25, 28 and 29, 43 Diploma of Accounting students and 18 Bachelor of Accounting students from USAS took part in a UBS Accounting Software course. Then, they had to sit for an online exam to qualify them for the UBS Accounting Software Certificate.
This certificate is intended to equip students with the computerised accounting system skills, which are applicable in the accounting industry.
Also, it serves as an added value for the Diploma in Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting programmes in USAS.
SEPTEMBER 2019 There are 17 Bachelor of Accounting students from USAS attended the “Becoming Chartered Accountant with ACCA” Forum at Sunway College, Ipoh.
The purpose of the programme is to expose students with the path to becoming a qualified accountant. Besides, they were exposed with the current issues in accounting.
The group was accompanied by USAS accounting lecturers, they are Raja Muhamad Safuan, Norhanim Mohamad Zainal and Zurina Kamarudin.