Benefits of Al-Quran memorisation highlighted

Azlan Othman

Former Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) students working in various fields as experts have said that memorising Al-Quran can enhance brain activity and function, and maintain good information retention.

This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof during a ceremony to welcome the institute’s new students for 2020 academic year at the Lecture Hall of the institute yesterday.

Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the ITQSHHB Board, added, what is important is the sincerity, willingness and spirit as well as self-discipline to succeed. Hence memorising Al-Quran is not only based on talent but also effort and hardwork.

Although students have a tight schedule at the school, they should not regard memorising Al-Quran as a burden but the truth is it eases the students’ effort to succeed in their studies and to shape good character.

Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz said enrolment to the institute involved several stages and selection process.

ABOVE & BELOW: Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof hands over the Mushaf Al-Quran to a student; and students recite their pledge. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN

Students have to undergo two memorisation of Al-Quran screening with passing rate of 70 per cent and obtain good results at the Primary School Assessment.

This year, 77 students were admitted to the institute, comprising 32 male and 45 female students, he said.

The ceremony concluded the orientation programme held from January 6 -11.

Senior officers from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, parents, new students as well as officers, teachers and staff of the ITQSHHB were also present.

Among the activities organised during the orientation session were the introduction workshop to Al-Quran memorisaton (manners and techniques of memorising Al-Quran/discipline as a student of Al-Quran), briefing on dress codes and wearing of head gear ethics, counselling and motivation, qiamullail (nightly vigil), Murattal and young Da’ie competition, Qasidah workshop, sports activities and dawn lectures.

The ceremony also saw the handing out of Mushaf Al-Quran to the new students by the permanent secretary and readings of the pledge by the new students of the ITQSHHB led by Ahmad Darwish bin Hamdan. The ceremony ended with a Doa Selamat.