It is unusual for a young muslim girl from a remote village in the southern Philippines who dares to take a trip alone to a strange place where she knows no one but the rugged and valorous Sis Khairia, 22, from a small village of Barangay Calsada, Sultan Kudarat, southern Philippines proved that she can make it.
She did so simply to come to Malaysia to attend RISEAP Muslimah course knowing that her father was seriously ill and hope she will have a chance to see him again after the course. God knows best!! She reached safely at Malaysia’s low cost air terminal at around 1.30 in the morning and was so happy to see someone came to fetch her. A big surprise! she exclaimed.
An Islamic course dubbed RISEAP International Muslimah Course which was began on 17 March 2014 ended on 11 April 2014, with a simple closing ceremony held at Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
A simple but very exciting moment especially for all participants, the event started with the qur’an recitation by Sis Sokry Sles from Cambodia and commentary by Sis Sanduni Siripala from Sri Lanka. Prior to this, a special traditional ceremony known in Malaysia as khatam Qur’an was held when all participants took part in reading a short surah with the guidance of Sis Fatimah, a RISEAP volunteer. This event is simply to show that everybody is able to read the Holy Book at least for a short surah and also to encourage them to do so throughout their life. Some of them were new converts.
RISEAP Secretary General, Hj Mohamad Marzuki Mohamad Omar took his time to meet up with participants of International Islamic Course which is held at Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on 8 April 2014.
During a brief meeting, he praised all participants for their seriousness and diligence in acquiring Islamic knowledge. He said that RISEAP is concerned about education especially for the younger Muslim generation within RISEAP member countries.
He also briefed the participants on how RISEAP came into existence, its objective and current activity, he also hailed them for taking time to attend this one-month course. Some of them had to leave their children for the sake of seeking Islamic education. He stressed that RISEAP will continue to conduct this similar course from time to time. Continue reading
Kuala Lumpur, 28th March 2014, Friday. Amidst a hazy morning in Islamic University Malaysia, participants of the Level 1 International Muslimah Course has been through a fortnight of training and now prepare for a much leisure session this weekend in Melaka. The final destination would be the Home Stay Cottage in Chabau. Participants will be staying for two nights and return back to UIA in time for their next course session.
The group riding two van embark at around 9:00 a.m, reaching Melaka borders only after 3 hours drive. Our first stop, the Batik House, home of Nur Arfa Batek
Participants were each given a template batik project, a hands on approach, while the guide instructs and explains the culture and historical heritage of batik.
Some results from the colouring that has been done.
A short briefing was given by Mejer(rtd) Yusuf and moments later the foster parents arrives in turn.
A visit to one of the local coffee maker.
Shot from a table of the process of burning the coffee before grinding them.
Participants watch and listen as the tour guide explains the details in extracting honey from the man made bee hives.
Varieties of traditional cakes shown to the participants at a medium and small enterprise cake manufacture.
Among the activities of the day. Performing proper slaughter for food.
Learning the traditional craft of making ‘Ketupat’
One of the participant helping in preparing the gravy for our chicken rendang.
RISEAP launched a new series of its Muslimah course on 18 March 2014 at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with a total of 13 participants from seven RISEAP member countries in this region participating in a 4-week course.
The course is aimed to provide Islamic knowledge to participants who have a limited knowledge and understandings about Islam. Some of them are new converts. The participants came from Muslim minority countries like Cambodia, Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The course is also to motivate them to pay more attention on education particularly on Islamic teachings and to expose themselves with new environment with Islamic ambience in IIUM campus. Besides, they will learn how to live together with new Muslimah coming from different ethnic and social background.