Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi, SIDMA College.

July 25 – SIDMA College, UNIRAZAK largest Regional Centre, once again made a brave leap forward by opening a ‘Madrasah’ or Islamic religious school at its new 47,000 sqft city campus at Bundusan, Penampang, last Friday.

Prof. Dr. Morni, CEO, at the opening ceremony, explained that the Madrasah, which has been in plan since the construction of the new campus, is catered especially for students and staff of the college, as well as the public. Aimed at providing additional Islamic foundation in the Quranic recitation and Islamic values, the classes, depending on its resources, is offered to two groups of students; Islamic studies for adults and young children as young as pre-school age to older children and youth of high school and college age.

Asked about the fees for the lessons, he said, there will be no fees charged for the lessons provided at the Madrasah as this was started out of charity and for the need to instil the basic tenets of the Islamic values. The whole lessons will be funded by the college.

Elaborating on the syllabus or content of the curriculum offered at the Madrasah, he said, guided by the religious teacher specially hired by the college, the students will be taught and exposed to the basic subjects of the Muslim education; the Quran (the holy book), Hadith (sayings of the prophet Mohammed), and Fiqh (jurisprudence). However, there is no commonly fixed course of study as what will be offered will be based on the availability of its teaching staff and resources.

Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Sakaran bin Dandai, in his speech, which was read by Major Abd Latiff Kandok, secretary general of the United Sabah Islamic Association (USIA), congratulated SIDMA for yet another achievement in a short duration of time. He praised SIDMA for the charitable act of upholding the values and teaching of Islam by starting the Madrasah. Stating his support, he said, in this modern and evolving world of technology, it is crucial to educate and equip our nation with both academic and religious teachings in order to create a nation of high values and morale, education is important, he added.

Concluding his speech, he affirmed that SIDMA should be the role model for all other IPTS and should continue to excel and strive for the best in providing quality education for all.

Among the program highlights at the opening were Nasyid performance and Quran recitals by students from Sekolah Rendah Islam Al Hafidz.

As an act of charity, SIDMA took the opportunity to donate one thousand ringgit to Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Hafidz and three hundred ringgit each to Surau Kg Tebongon and Surau Majlis Kampung Ulu.

For further details on the Madrasah classes, prospective students are invited to apply for admissions by contacting the college at 088 – 712560 or email .

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KOTA KINABALU (23rd July 2011):  Sabah International Dynamic Management (SIDMA) college becomes the first private institution of higher learning in East Malaysia to start a ‘Madrasah’ or Islamic religious school.

The Madrasah is open not just to students of the college but also staff and the public interested in learning and reciting the Quran.

It explores the various facets of Islam and is aimed at enhancing a Muslim’s religious foundations through Quranic recitation and Islamic values.

Studies are offered for adults and children as young as pre-school age right up to teenagers.

Lessons are free and will be conducted at the college’s new 47,000 sq ft city campus in Bundusan, near here.

“Knowledge is important in life,” said the president of United Sabah Islamic Association(USIA), Tun Sakaran Dandai at the opening ceremony whose speech was read out by USIA secretary, Abdul Latif .

He also stressed that SIDMA College should be a role model for all other private high learning institutions and encouraged it to continue striving for the best in providing quality education.

Also present at the event yesterday was the Chief Executive Officer of SIDMA College, Prof. Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie who also took the opportunity to donate RM1000 to SK Islam Al-Hafidz and RM300 each to the mosques in Kg.Tebongan and Kg.Ulu.

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