Hard work, determination bear fruit

|     Azlan Othman     |

THREE outstanding students yesterday spoke to the Bulletin on the difficulties they encountered while studying the Arabic Language.

One of them was Syahirah Syakirah binti Haji Othman, who received an exemplary student award yesterday, during the 25th Convocation Ceremony hosted by Hassanal Bolkiah Boys Arabic Secondary School (SMALHB).

She is currently enrolled in an Arabic Language course for several months, before pursuing her plan to do further studies at Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

“The grammar is sometimes confusing, but instead of giving up, I did my best to ask my teachers and fellow students, or just looked up the Internet,” she said.

Syahirah also expressed her surprise on receiving an exemplary student award, saying that the thought never once crossed her mind.

Syahirah Syakirah binti Haji Othman
Abdul Rasyid bin Haji Zaini (R) and Mohd Syazwi Syazani bin Mohd Zaidi. – PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN

“It requires determination, hard work, discipline, and caring about all aspects of our studies,” she said, adding, “I am also grateful to my parents, teachers, family and friends for their tireless efforts in motivating me and pushing me to my limits.”

Meanwhile Abdul Rasyid bin Haji Zaini said that the environment should be more conducive towards the learning of Arabic.

“For instance, learning this language requires me to practise it with my fellow students at the Arabic school,” he said.

As one of SMALHB’s best Arabic Language students, his current plans include furthering his studies at Al-Azhar University or locally at the Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

Mohd Syazwi Syazani bin Mohd Zaidi, who also excels at Arabic, said that his main challenge was the lack of available books in Arabic and the scant opportunity of hearing it in everyday conversations.

On his plans for the future, he said, “I plan to further my studies in Arabic at Al-Azhar University.”