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It was a day of celebration for 289 graduates of the 9th Hafl Al-Takharuj (Convocation Ceremony) for Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).
Wafa Wahidah binti Haji Mas Reduan, who graduated with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance, shared with the Weekend Bulletin her journey as a UNISSA student.
“It was overwhelming at first, having to balance assignments and the many commitments such as community service and being selected for the Study Abroad Programme (SAP). But Alhamdulillah, through these experiences and opportunities, I gained more knowledge and perspective, improved my skills, and was able to meet new people.
“For now, seeking employment is my main goal. However, furthering my studies in the future is also an option to broaden my horizon to understand more about my current field,” she added.
As a fresh graduate, Wafa Wahidah shared her main post graduation concern: Trying to appeal to the working world.
“Also, adapting to a new environment, which is not the same environment as when you are a student. But through these challenges, we are able to grow as a person and build experiences.”
Nur Qurratu Ain binti Haji Md Pira, a graduate of Higher National Diploma in Shariah Criminal Justice System, expressed relief at completing her two-year study.
“During my study, students were quite competitive with each other, all wanting to achieve excellence. It was so challenging, having to submit assignments and thesis while at the same time, sourcing for material and methodology to complete our research
“We were also required to carry out mooting trials for our course. With 84 students in the programme, it challenged me mentally and physically to be among the best,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli, a Second Upper Class Graduate of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Shariah Law, noted that studying law is considered a challenge. However, she is grateful to the UNISSA lecturers for the proper guidance and assistance.
“Personally, the most challenging part was having to memorise long Surahs from Al-Quran. However, I am thankful because now I am able to memorise verses from Al-Quran easily.”
After graduation, Nurhani Basirah plans to venture into new areas. She has taken up a course in cupping therapy.
“I see it as a platform for me to revive the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) and one of the ways to gain an income. Also, I am taking a gap year before pursuing my Masters in International Law next year. In the mean time, I will place myself in different agencies for internship to gain more experience.”
Mohd Didi Sofian bin Haji Masri said, “The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is no longer a foreign word to us, and it is a change that needs to be adopted by citizens of this country. In religious education, this also needs to be adapted to, through the teaching-and-learning, so as to uphold the Islamic sovereignty in line with the modern world,
“I also believe that Syariah is very beneficial for the well-being of the people.”