Educational Trip to Saudi Arabia 2010

Posted: May 28, 2010 by I-Press in Uncategorized

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah s.w.t that ETRISA 2010 has been organized successfully from 19th April to 2nd May 2010. 22 students from 4th year and 3rd year had joined this trip. Actually, it is the 2nd time for IPhA to organize this trip (the 1st trip was in 2008). Nevertheless, the trip has been an unforgettable new experience to all of us.

We departed from KLIA at 4.00 pm on 19th April 2010 with Saudi Arabian flight and arrived at Medina Airport near midnight. We stayed at Al Huda Manazeli Hotel where we can see minarets of Nabawi Mosque. Staying in Medina is so peaceful and calm. The prophet mosque is very beautiful. There are people performing ibadah inside the mosque almost 24/7. This has encouraged us very much to increase our effort in ibadah both in quantity and quality. The heart-touching moment when entering the Raudhah, visiting Rasulullah’s mausoleum and Baqi’ cemeteries has made us realize about ourselves as the servants of Allah s.w.t. We also visited Mount Uhud, King Fahd Quran Printing Complex and buy some dates at the Dates Market.

In Medina, we managed to visit Taibah University. Unfortunately, their students are on vacation at that time. However, we did have fruitful discussion with many of their lecturers. The participants are divided into several groups and there are 3-4 lecturers on each table. Many issues have been discussed, for instance curriculum, students’ activities and even lecturers’ salary! This is due to some of them are interested to come to Malaysia, but the high income offered by the Saudi Arabian universities might make them think twice. The participants are also very lucky to be able to meet the President of Taibah University, Prof. Dr. Mansour bin Mohammed Al-Nouzha. According to their staff, they usually meet the President for a few times only in a year. We feel like entering Prime Minister’s office because we have to pass few rooms before we can reach the President’s office. Alhamdulillah, at the end of the visit, we were served with lamb mandi (nasi bukhari-like) and numerous delicious Arabian foods.

Apart from that, we had a short meeting with some Malaysian students studying at Islamic University of Medina. Bro. Aziz, the Vice President of Malaysian Students Association in Medina shared bundles of stories and experience as student in Medina. He also delivered a tazkirah during the session.

The time is running very fast when we realized that it’s time to leave Medina on the 4th day. The journey along the Makkah-Medina Highway reminded us about the Prophet’s Hijrah. We kept repeating Labbaikallahumma labbaik (Here I am…in Your service here I am). We arrived at Makkah during Maghrib time and stayed at Dar Burhan Hotel. That night, we performed our 1st umrah, led by Ustaz Sebri Said. For majority of us, it was our first time to see the magnificent Masjidil Haram, entering it and see the Ka’bah in front of our very own eyes. It’s hard to describe the feeling. We were at the centre of the world where all Muslims direct themselves to during prayer!

Like Medina, staying in Makkah is ibadah-oriented. The main thing is to be ready for another prayer time. Subuh is as early as 4.30 am. We need to go early if we want to pray in the front line. We will miss the melodious and touching Quran recitation by the Imams, the determination of Muslims to perform ibadah and not to forget the Saudi Arabian polices who are well known with “Hajj!” shouting. In Makkah, we visited a few Islamic historical places such as Hira’ Cave at Jabal Nur, Jabal Thur, Jabal Rahmah, Arafah, Mina, Muzdalifah, Qiblatain Mosque and Camel Farm. It is very funny to see how outrageous the farmers are in attracting people to come and buy Camel milk from them. “Murah! Bagus! Asli!”, again and again.

Alhamdulillah, we had a surprise message from Dean of College of Pharmacy, Ummul Qura University, welcoming our visit to their place. Previously, we thought that they did not reply our request. Although still young, Ummul Qura Pharmacy College is already waiting for their new building. We were brought for a tour around the campus and observe the facilities of the Pharmacy College such as laboratories and lecture hall. Their lecturers are very enthusiastic in explaining how they learn and do lab practicals. Here, the participants were also able to meet and had short discussion with the lecturers and the final year pharmacy students. To our amazement, Pharmacognosy subject (which is learnt by our second year students) has its own department in this college. There are five specific subjects being taught to the students related to Pharmacognosy alone! Same like Taibah University, they have two programs, Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) and Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Once again, we have been served with a lot of foods to the extent that we eat all of them without knowing their name and how to match them with others. After six days staying in Makkah, finally, the end has come. We leave the Holy Land of Makkah and Medina with sweet memories and arrived at KLIA safely on 2nd May 2010.

In a nutshell, I believed all the objectives have been achieved. The participants were not only able to purify their souls, improve the quality of ibadah but also in term of IPhA and IIUM, the trip had established better networking with two universities, which are Pharmacy College of Taibah University, Medina and Pharmacy College of Ummul Qura University, Makkah. Hopefully, this will help to improve the students’ performance and prepare themselves in educating the ummah and serving the nation.

Authors: Muzani and Aizuddin

Reviewer: Azwin
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