As an institution that aims to produce huffaz (one who has memorised Al-Quran), Institute Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) has a greater role in realising the Brunei Darussalam’s aspiration to be a Zikir Nation.
The awarding of ‘Aliyah Qira’at Diploma to ITQSHHB graduates acknowledged their achievements, particularly in the field of Al-Quran memorisation and Qira’at knowledge.
With such knowledge, they can continue with incentive programmes (halaqah) to heighten Al-Quran recitation, memorisation and tadabbur skills.
For 20 students of ITQSHHB who have graduated recently, the ‘Aliyah Qira’at Diploma is a statement that they have faced a tough journey to become certified huffaz. The 9th Haflut Takharruj (Convocation Ceremony) that was held on February 17 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas reflected their efforts, strong will, determination, commitment and dedication to the craft.
The Bulletin had the opportunity to interview a few graduates.
Asiah binti Haji Ibrahim said one of challenges in her quest to memorising Al-Quran was the need for constant revision to ensure a fluent recitation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, where Asiah and her fellow classmates had to study online, she shared that she prefers a physical learning session rather than a virtual one as it eases her interaction with teachers.
“This is because I need a comfortable and convenient surrounding to focus on memorisation,” she said
She advised those, who wanted to become a huffaz, to be closer to Al-Quran and respect their teachers.
“This will help our journey in reciting and memorising Al-Quran,” she added.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Auni Marzuqi said towards the end of the semester, he had to shift his studies virtually.
The teachers had to monitor his recitation and memorisation online. At present, he is pursuing his studies at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), undertaking Tahfiz and Qira’at.
Salwa binti Haji Ibrahim, who obtained Mumtaz (Excellent) in her diploma, expressed gratitude for what she had accomplished.
“The success is a blessing from Allah the Almighty as well as my parents, who have put so much effort in ensuring my success. The guidance from our teachers also motivated and helped me complete the 30 juzuk memorisation.”
It is hoped that the graduates will use the knowledge and skills of memorising Al-Quran verses well and, with Al-Quran being placed in an exalted position in the Sultanate, to bring about numerous blessings to the country, especially peace, harmony and general well-being.