PATTERDALE, UNITED KINGDOM, WEDNESDAY, 28/11/2021 - Kem Ibadah has returned for its 13th time with the theme, 'The Fighter Within You'. Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) held two-days two-nights religious camp from 26th November until 28th November 2021 at YHA Patterdale, Cumbria with 50 students joining: 28 participants and 22 committee members including BruROSA members.
After the arrival of committee members and participants around 8 p.m., the committee eventually started the event. Unfortunately, the unexpected storm had disrupted and cut off the electrical power. Despite being in the dark and cold environment due to the power outage, both the committee and the participants were able to work together and did their best to proceed with the ice-breaking and team-building activities, hence, making the event a successful one. During the ice-breaking session, committee members and participants introduced and familiarised themselves with their respective group mates. Afterwards, they had to arrange themselves according to the topics given. Then, they played a 'Guess Who' game. Not long after that, they were divided into groups to share their thoughts in which they got to know each other better. After a third of the night, there was an introduction of the theme of this year's Kem Ibadah, where the camp commandants explained what it means. The theme 'The Fighter Within You' embraced the idea that you fight against your desires in seeking worldly pleasures, abandoning daily prayers and so forth. This theme was further discussed in smaller groups during the sharing session afterwards, which promotes discussions on understanding daily struggles and overcoming them. Towards the night's end, participants were assigned to design their flags to symbolise their groups' names based on everyone's creativity. Before ending the first night of Kem Ibadah, each group presented their flags and group cheer in front of everyone.
The next day, committee members and participants gathered early in the morning for a short tazkirah session regarding the benefits of solat sunat sebelum Subuh. This tazkirah was followed by Fajr prayer. After the prayer, everyone gathered to play an 'energizer' game called 'Finding Nemo'. Another short tazkirah session of Surah Al-Mulk was conducted to allow students to reflect upon the magnificence of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta 'ala through understanding the meaning of the Quranic verses. Apart from spiritual activities and discussions, the Kem Ibadah committees had arranged fun games and activities throughout the day. Participants engaged in the morning team-building activity held indoors, which involved buckets and balloons.
Around 10 a.m., the opening ceremony of Kem Ibadah officially started. The opening speech was given by the President of BruROSA, Mohammad Fikri bin Haji Ali who is also the Chairperson of the camp, and the Director of Studies of UPP, Cikgu Mohammad Danny bin Aimi. Among those who were present was the Religious Officer of UPP, Ustaz Haji Muhammad Fahmi bin Haji Abas. After the ceremony, Kem Ibadah continued with a sharing session about the companion of Rasulullah SAW, Bilal bin Rabah. BruROSA's Vice President and female Chairperson of the camp, Shahirah Bakar led the female's session, whereas the male's session was led by a committee member, Ahsan Abd Rahman. During this activity, the session leads shared the struggles, sacrifices and life story of Prophet Muhammad's close friend, Bilal bin Rabah.
In the afternoon, participants played an outdoor activity called 'Capture the Flag'. This activity aimed to assess teamwork, cooperation, perseverance, and building trust within teammates. Despite the cold winds, committee members and participants managed to carry out this activity with commitment and determination. After a short break from the outdoor activity, another Tazkirah session was conducted indoors, which was about the benefits of reciting Mathurat. Ahsan Abd Rahman from Queen's University of Belfast led the males' session and Irdhina Muhd Roslan from University of Reading led the females' session.
In the evening, participants engaged in another indoor activity which was a treasure hunt. In this activity, participants are required to find items with the Kem Ibadah sticker, take a picture of them and show them to one of the committee members. Committee members will ask a specific question, and participants will incorporate that item to answer the question. Therefore, this activity aims to assess their critical thinking, creativity and argumentation skills. The night resumed with a forum on Istiqomah, which was led by the two Guests of Honour, Ustaz Fahmi and Ustazah Dr. Widad, followed by a reflection session on the forum. After Isya' prayer, participants in their respective groups performed a short 'sketsa' circulating the theme, 'Bravery'. Participants successfully showcased their talents through their passionate acting performance. To end the night on a special note, both Chairpersons of Kem Ibadah, Shahirah Bakar and Fikri Ali led an emotional and tear-jerking Tafakkur session in which committee members and participants get to reflect upon their relationship with their parents.
The final day of this camp started with the Qiyamullail activity. Committee members and participants performed Tasbih and Tahajjud prayer together which was led by Fikri Ali. Following Qiyamullail activity was the 'Energizer' session which aims to energise and refresh the students with interactive games such as the suku kata shout and riddles. After that, congregational Fajr prayer was performed. This was then followed by kuliah Subuh which consists of discussing the benefits of Surah Al-Insyirah.
The two-days two-nights camp ended with the closing ceremony, during which the camp commandants: Zakwan Salleh from Imperial College London and Iffah Idres from University of Bath delivered the closing remarks. Afterwards, the best groups and participants for Kem Ibadah 13 for male and female were announced.
The following students won these titles for this year's KI:
Best Male Team: Tokutokuya
1) Aiman Aimee from University of Edinburgh
2) Irham Roslan from University of Nottingham
3) Adi Yusra from Newcastle University
4) Fikri Ali from University of Southampton
5) Afif Khalid from London South Bank University
Best Female Team: Supersave
1) Arina Hamidun from Cardiff Metropolitan University
2) Nurin Ridhwah Rahman from University of Manchester
3) Iffah Rashidi from University of Warwick
4) Shahirah Bakar from University of Edinburgh
5) Natasya Norariffinihazalin from University of Nottingham
6) Husnina Mahali from University of Sheffield
7) Najdah Rahman from Manchester Metropolitan University
Best Male Participant: Yadiy Rizalman from University of Edinburgh
Best Female Participant: Hazwani Omar Ali from University of Manchester
After the prize presentation ceremony, the event concluded with a video showcase of Kem Ibadah 13 and a group photo-taking session.
BruROSA would like to thank all of the committees and participants who had contributed their time and energy to make this year's Kem Ibadah memorable and beneficial!
MAJLIS BACAAN RATIB AL-ATTAS DAN DOA TOLAK BALA BAGI MEMOHON KESEJAHTERAAN PARA PELAJAR KE UK DAN EIRE
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, THURSDAY, 9/9/2021- BruROSA had organized a ceremony of Bacaan Ratib Al-Attas dan Doa Tolak Bala to pray for the well-being of the students who are going to the United Kingdom and Eire via Zoom.
The event starts at 12.45 p.m. until 2 p.m. (UK local time) whereas it starts at 7.45 p.m. until 9 p.m (Brunei local time). The event encouraged the parents and students to attend the ceremony, including the public itself. Also present was the Director of Studies of the Students' Unit, Cikgu Mohammad Danny bin Aimi. As well as the Students' Unit Religious Officials, Ustaz Haji Muhammad Fahmi bin Haji Abas. The ceremony began with a welcoming speech by the President of BruROSA, Fikri Ali. He then led the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, Doa Ratib Al-Attas, Doa Tolak Bala as well as Doa Peliharakan Sultan. After that, the Vice-President of BruROSA, Shahirah Bakar, conducted a sharing session on the benefits of practising the recitation of Ratib Al-Attas. As a servant of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta 'ala, reciting Ratib Al-attas is one of the many ways to ask forgiveness of sins from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Apart from that, the benefits of reciting Ratib Al-Attas are it puts our heart at ease, and we will get blessings from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala in shaa Allah. Afterwards, Cikgu Muhammad Danny bin Aimi gave a welcoming speech and congratulated the new students for getting the scholarship. He also advises the students to always be grateful and diligent in carving their path to success. Last but not least, Fikri had recited the Al-Asr prayer to end the ceremony.
With that, BruROSA would like to thank the parents and students who had come to ensure the event flow smoothly.
About 26 participants had come to enliven the event
The President of BruROSA, Fikri Ali, as he led the Bacaan Ratib Al-Attas
Director of Studies of the Students' Unit, Cikgu Muhammad Danny bin Aimi, in giving his welcoming speech
Group photo-taking session at the end of the event
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, WEDNESDAY, 08/09/2021 – For the first time, Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) hosted Bengkel Travellers’ Fiqh. Attending this event are invited mentors Ustaz Fahmi and Ustazah Dr Widad, the Brunei Students’ Unit (BSU) officers and students from the different UK societies, especially freshers who are flying off for the first time to the UK. This workshop was conducted online via Zoom due to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Brunei, on the 8th of September 2021 at 3.45 pm (Brunei time) / 8.45 am (UK time).
The main objective of this workshop is to educate students on the hukum-hakam fiqh in Islam. The workshop includes tips on finding acceptable halal food and avoiding non-halal food, ways of determining prayer times and kiblat, and being attentive to socialisation between men and women in a non-muslim country. Not only that, but this workshop also aims to strengthen the bonds of friendship – old and new between the students and aiding them to understand that Islam is the way of life for a Muslim in every aspect of their daily life.
The event commenced with Surah Al-Fatihah’s recitation and the welcoming remarks delivered by the President of BruROSA, Fikri Ali. Followed by an ice-breaking session, students were allocated into breakout rooms in their groups led by their facilitators. Facilitators and students were challenged to introduce themselves in Malay, then played a few fun games such as guess the gibberish in Malay, virtual charades and lastly, two truths one lie to engage them before officially starting with the workshop. Through these activities, the students and facilitators had the opportunity to know one another better. After the ice-breaking session, the workshop officially began with the entrance of Ustaz Fahmi and Ustazah Dr Widad. They first started their fiqh theory along with a Q&A session. The initial topic discussed was halal and non-halal food. Ustaz and ustazah briefly explained how to find halal meat and restaurants in the UK, emphasising the students to always refer to halal logos plastered on the front of the entrance. They also stressed the importance of checking the ingredients before buying food, even if it’s labelled “suitable for vegetarians”. They then discussed matters concerning solat, how to solat on planes, tips on finding the kiblat, which is easy to decipher using Islamic apps such as MuslimPro, and issues on solat Juma’at due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, they highlighted the topic of socialisation between a man and a woman, where they advised us not to be alone together because syaitan is present as the third person and will provoke the heart. They did not forget to emphasise two crucial reminders: to take care of aurat and not forget to solat because Allah SWT is always watching. The event concluded with the closing remarks delivered by both Ustaz Fahmi and Ustazah Widad, some words of appreciation, and the recitation of Surah Al-Asr by Fikri Ali.
Alhamdulillah, the workshop was a great way to expand our knowledge on taking the right path to Allah SWT on our journey to pursue further education in the UK. We hope that it was insightful and beneficial for everyone who attended and hopes to see everyone in our future events!
Group picture with BruROSA members, Ustaz Fahmi and Ustazah Dr. Widad, BSU officers and students studying in the UK
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, FRIDAY, 27/08/2021- Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) had collaborated with Brunei Student Union (BSUnion) in conducting an Outreach Tour at Hassanal Bolkiah Arab Boys Secondary School (SMALHB) through zoom due to Brunei’s second wave of Covid 19.
The programme was opened to SMALHB students of male and female who are in sixth form known as Umum 1 and Umum 2. A total of 56 students and 12 volunteers consisting of students from the United Kingdom and Eire, University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), University of Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), KUPUSB, Brunei Cairo Society (BruCairo), Brunei Student Council Malaysia (BCSM) and an active youth had participated in the programme. The aim of this programme was for the students to be able to voice their concerns in a safe space, sharing their struggles and stresses. It also helps the students to build their pathway after their sixth form life.
Students’ arrival was at 1.45 p.m. while the event starts at 2 p.m. The programme began with a welcome speech from the President of BRUROSA, Fikri Ali, where he had shown his appreciations to the students for attending BRUROSA’s first virtual Outreach Tour event. 20 minutes into the programme, the students were divided into groups through breakout rooms where the committee members had prepared activities for their ice-breaking sessions. These activities were miscellaneous questions, pitch fire, virtual charades and trivia quizzes which were based on general knowledge. Then the students were returned to the main room where the moderator for that evening, Haziq Daraina from BSU, had introduced 3 speakers who gave a talk to the students. The first speaker was ‘Aqilah Mat Dani, a student from the United Kingdom and Eire who shared her experience on how students can succeed. Among them is to get blessings from those around us and Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. The second speaker, Rabi'atul Adawiyah, a student from UNISSA where she corrected our intention to study was supposed to be for our own sake and not for others. The third speaker was Jannah Armanshah, a youth who is active in non- governmental organisations (NGOs) where she shared her experience as a volunteer who can open the minds of all.
The first speaker, ‘Aqilah Mat Dani, as she shared her experience in surviving throughout her education life
The second speaker, Rabi’atul Adawiyah, as she explained the correct niat in studying
The third speaker, Jannah Armanshah, as she shared her experience in becoming an active youth for the past few years
After the talk, 20 to 30 minutes were set for a sharing session where students were returned to their respective groups (breakout room). The facilitator who was the leader of each group plays the role of a listener to the students and shared their journey while in sixth form. At the end of the event, the closing prayer was recited by the President of BRUROSA, Fikri Ali. The programme ended at 4 p.m. With that, BruROSA and BSU would like to thank the school for giving us the opportunity to hold this programme. We hope that it will bring many benefits to the students as they begin their journey after sixth form life.
One of the male groups that had their sharing sessions
Two of the female groups that had their sharing sessions
A group photo was taken by the media team at the end of the event
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Saturday, 7/08/2021- The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had invited 34 students studying in the United Kingdom & Eire which also comprises of Brunei Student Union (BSUnion) and Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) to jointly enliven in witnessing the celebration of the 16th National Youth Day 2021 at the International Conference Hall (ICC).
The theme of the 16th National Youth Day celebration is "Youth Alert for the Future". Maintaining the theme in line with Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia's noble intention to see Brunei Youth ready to face future challenges, especially in the context of the fourth industrial revolution and in a situation of new norms that promise many changes and opportunities, as well as relevant to the National Youth Policy and Strategy (DBNS) is being actively implemented at the moment.
At 9 a.m., KDYMM Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzadien Waddaulah along with the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Pengiran Al Muhtadee-billah and other royal relatives departed to the Plenary Hall. The invited guests consisted of youth organisations from around Brunei. Also present was the Honorable Major General (B) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. The event began with a welcome prayer by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and was followed by Titah Sultan. Students were able to witness the presentation ceremony for the youths who exhibited the excellence of the youths in serving and witnessed the great success of the youths to their hard work and integrated efforts in the development of the country. Then, KDYMM left the council to see the youth day exhibition in the format of "informative, engaging, interactive and tech savvy".
The students had to wore masks and sit 1 metre apart from each other to follow the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) of Covid 19
From attending this event, students have learned how to be excellent youth to serve the country. The event was conducted in at least 2 hours following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). The students dispersed from the plenary hall at 11 a.m.
The students of United Kingdom and Eire took a group photo outside the Plenary Hall
BELAIT, WEDNESDAY, 4/08/2021- Before the second outbreak of the COVID-19 wave in Brunei, Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) and Brunei Students Union (BSUnion) had the opportunity to organise our annual Outreach Tour programme for the sixth form students at Pusat Tingkatan Enam Belait. Apart from the BSUnion and BruROSA councils, Eli PMUBD, Brunei Students Union in Australia & New Zealand (BSUANZ) and BSUnion members also participated in this tour as volunteers.
Outreach Tour is a programme where we visit sixth form schools around the country, conducting activities and invite speakers from different backgrounds. This programme runs with many different aims-mainly to empower the students in various ways. In this programme, we invite speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their life’s experiences and lessons. Through this, we hope that students are driven to grow & expand their comfort zone, get an insider perspective of domestic and overseas institutions, and open their minds to how youth from diverse backgrounds can build their future in many different ways. By conducting this programme, we also aim to provide a platform for students to voice out their concerns as well as to discuss and guide them through a sharing session.
The programme started with an opening prayer recited by the financial secretary of BSUnion, Iffat Roslan, followed by welcoming remarks presented by the President of BruROSA, Fikri Ali.
First ice-breaking activity: A penny for your thoughts
The programme kick-started with the first ice-breaking activity: A penny for your thoughts. In this activity, students are encouraged to share something unique about themselves or what they have done. The purpose of this activity is to make them feel more comfortable and familiar with their groupmates and facilitators.
First speaker: Mateen Khairol Asmie
The first ice-breaking activity is followed by a talk delivered by a third-year mechanical engineering student from Cardiff University, Mateen Khairol Asmiee. In his speech, he shared his personal growth and lessons learned throughout his journey of studying abroad.
Second ice-breaking activity: Pitchfire
The end of the first talk brings on to the second activity, which is called pitchfire. In this activity, students are asked to pitch on the benefits/perks of the topics given. Some of the topics are as such: Pepsi vs coke & Jollibee vs KFC. In the final round, two female and male students volunteered to showcase their talents. The female students debated around the school’s dress code (school uniform vs casual clothing). On the other hand, the male students argued on the current issue related to learning (physical learning vs online learning).
Next, two speakers of different backgrounds delivered their talk on their respective topics.
Second speaker: Marzeedah Mohamad
The Second speaker is a representative of the local institution-Marzeedah Mohamad. She’s a UNISSA graduate who has excelled in her degree programme. Presenting the topic “Pengalaman belajar di Sekolah Arab hingga ke UNISSA”, she explained her academic journey from high school to university-adapting to life’s circumstances. She also emphasized the importance of being considerate and showing support to our parents to attain barakah. Through that, Allah will give a better pathway in our pursuit of success.
Third speaker: Ahmad Syauqie bin Haji Setia
The last speaker of the day- Ahmad Syauqie bin Haji Setia, President of SCOT, enthusiastically presented his talk with the topic “Winging It”. In his speech, he encouraged the students to pursue lifelong learning by seeking knowledge out of their academia, expanding their comfort zone by attempting things outside their daily norm, and defining their success by following on any pathway that genuinely makes them feel happy.
Towards the end of the session, students gathered in a circle with their respective facilitators and assigned groups to discuss any concerns or worries that they have in mind and reflections on the programme. Facilitators consisting of BruROSA and BSUnion councils, Eli PMUBD, and volunteers with their capability, helped the students by giving them advice and provide a listening ear to the students.
The programme concludes with closing remarks, conveyed by the Vice President of BruROSA, Shahirah Bakar and a closing prayer recited by the financial secretary of BSUnion, Iffat Roslan.
Finally, we would like to express our highest appreciation to Pusat Tingkatan Enam Belait for giving us this golden opportunity to conduct Outreach Tour for this year. Hopefully, we can continue to organise this programme next year in shaa Allah!
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, SUNDAY, 01/08/2021 – In conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam 75th birthday, the BruROSA members, alongside with Brunei Students Union (BSUnion) and other overseas Student Councils, namely BSU Australia & New Zealand and Brunei Student Society Malaysia, had the massive opportunity to be invited to 'Majlis Ramah Mesra dan Junjung Ziarah Bersama Rakyat' at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien on the 1st of August 2021.
Under the scorching sun, students and teachers lined up along Bandar roads to welcome the arrival of His Majesty and the members of the Royal Family by waving their mini flags with big smiles. Royal Family members include His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik, HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and HRH Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah. The event officially commenced with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by a 10-minute special performance revolving around the theme, 'Raja Tersohor Kegemilangan Rakyat', performed by 200 performers in colourful costumes, comprising of students from primary school until secondary school as well as government and private agencies.
Subsequently, His Majesty and the Royal Family proceeded to meet and talk with the performers on stage. They then went ahead to meet the residents of each mukim, businesses and organisations such as Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), etc. We were waiting patiently for His Majesty's arrival at camp number 43, specifically for overseas students, where we had the chance to talk and take pictures with the Royal Family to commemorate this golden moment. In addition, some of our members went to Lapau for Majlis Santap after His Majesty concluded mingling with the citizens.
Although it was for only a short period, all of us felt content and blessed to be able to celebrate His Majesty's birthday this year after a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19. Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik!
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, THURSDAY, 29/07/2021 - Brunei Religious Officers Student Association or more commonly known as BruROSA, once again, organised Unsung Heroes for the sixth time this year, circulating the theme, 'In Giving We Receive'. The event was held for two days, on the 28th and 29th of July 2021 at the Muslimah parking area of Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.
Unsung Heroes is a charity drive organised by BruROSA as part of our summer break project in which our key objective is to show our gratitude to construction workers who have been diligent and hard-working to boost the blossoming of the nation’s infrastructure by providing them with donations which include long shelf life foods, lunch packs and clothing. The project aims to raise awareness in understanding the less fortunate and encourages people to be fair and impartial regardless of their religion, ethnicity and social class in the society.
On the first day of the event, 10 BruROSA members gathered at the parking area of Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque at 9 in the morning. Members of BruROSA started collecting donations from the public from 10 am until 4.30 pm. Further donations were received during the second day with the support of 10 BruROSA members and 21 volunteers. From this donation drive, BruROSA successfully collected a great amount of long shelf life foods such as rice and cooking essentials, drinks, lunch packs and men's casual clothing. The packaging of the donations was distributed into 7 groups which consist of BruROSA members and volunteers. By 11.30 am, all groups went ahead to their designated sites to hand out the donations to the migrant workers and returned to Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque around 1 pm. The donations were successfully distributed to a total of 272 migrant workers coming from 5 construction sites, including Regent's Square, Kiarong Flats, Kg Salar, Jerudong and Garbage Disposal Site at Rimba.
From participating in this event, BruROSA hopes that everyone has reaped benefits by expanding their perspective and improvising their inner character, just as this year's theme implies, 'In Giving We Receive'.
The Brunei Religious Officer Students Association, or more distinctively, known as BruROSA is an association of religious officers from across the UK and EIRE that deals with the religious welfare of all Bruneian students studying in the UK and EIRE. Currently, the Association has 14 Executive Committees and 30 Religious Officers from all Bruneian societies in the U.K. and EIRE. Other than Unsung Heroes, BruROSA also organises various annual events such as Kem Ibadah, Khatam Al-Quran, Photography and Writing Competitions. In the future, the association hopes to organise more events to increase the networking opportunity for students of different backgrounds as well as to help promote cultural diversity.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, MONDAY, 26/07/2021 – Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) and Brunei Students Union (BSUnion) have conducted an unprecedented forum on Fostering Brunei’s Cultural Diversity held at Dewan Silaturrahim, Pusat Belia. This forum was open to the public members, BSUnion members and members of other Bruneian student associations.
As we’re living in a multicultural and diverse society, there are certain principles and values that we need to hold on to ensure a peaceful and harmonious way of living. Values and principles such as inclusivity, respect, kindness, and open-mindedness are pertinent in creating a healthy environment and welcoming society. Hence, our team has conducted this forum to initiate conversations that revolve around tackling diversity, respecting people of different cultural backgrounds and understanding the meaning of identity-stressing more on how this can foster cultural diversity.
The forum started with an opening prayer recited by Izz Khan, a member of the Entrepreneur Team, followed by a welcoming remark presented by the President of BruROSA, Fikri Ali. Four invited speakers starred as the focal point of this forum. One of them attended the forum virtually by giving his speech through a pre-recorded video: Micheal Shie (Bruneian graduate from Durham University). The three remaining speakers, on the other hand, attended the forum physically. They are Joshua Belayan (Director of Sponsorship at Asean Youth Advocates Network), Dr Hoon Chang Yau (Associate Professor and Director of CARe at UBD and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia) and Ustaz Khairul Nazif (Assistant Lecturer of the Usuluddin Faculty at UNISSA). Izz Khan, an undergraduate studying Law with Criminology at the University of Manchester, moderated this forum. At the end of the conference, Izz Khan recited the closing prayer followed by delivery of the closing speech by the President of BSUnion, Ikhwan Hirwana.
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Speakers and moderator receiving gifts from President of BruROSA, Fikri Ali and President of BSUnion, Ikhwan Hirwana
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, THURSDAY, 10/6/2021 – Due to the ease of COVID-19 restrictions in Brunei Darussalam, the BruROSA committee has taken the opportunity to organise a Hari Raya potluck gathering known as 'Majlis Rumah Terbuka BruROSA' which takes place at Event Space, Kiulap. Bruneian students studying in the UK & Eire, Australia, Malaysia & Cairo were invited to this event.
The main aims of this event are to strengthen the connection, diversify & expand the network among study abroad students.
Prophet Muhammad SAW (May Peace Be Upon Him) said:
"Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should maintain good relation with his kindred."
The event was officially commenced with a welcoming speech delivered by the Vice President of BruROSA, Shahirah Bakar followed by the recitation of Doa Selamat by the Head of Media Team, Rizwandy Ramli.
Before beginning the feast, a short pop quiz was hosted by the Head of Writing Team, Sayyidah Masri. The pop quiz comprises questions related to BruROSA to introduce BruROSA's background to the guests. Three participants have successfully answered the questions correctly & won prizes for the quiz- Ihsan from BSCM, Syahirah from BSUnion, and Amal Zafirah from BruLeics.
After finishing the pop quiz, guests begin to savour the wide variety of food and beverages served.
Apart from the feast, there were three activities prepared and organised by the BruROSA team which are Paper Ketupat Weaving Competition, Pertandingan Teka-Teki Kuih Raya and Duit Raya Treasure Hunting.
First activity: Paper Ketupat Weaving Competition
The first activity was hosted by the Head of the Writing Team, Sayyidah Masri and facilitated by the Vice President, Shahirah Bakar. Ketupat Weaving Competition is a paper weaving competition that demands the creativity and crafting skills of participants. In this competition, participants will have to create paper weaved patterns using materials provided such as colour paper, scissors, glitter glue and colourful beads. This activity allows the students to practice & appreciate the Malay tradition of ketupat weaving and uncover their crafting talent. This art and craft activity can also be a way to relieve post-exam stress and have some fun!
Five students volunteered to participate in this competition. The participants followed the guidance from the activity facilitator, Shahirah Bakar and have successfully crafted their very own paper weaved patterns. The finished products were voted by the guests and Zafirah from BruCairo won the best paper weaved pattern.
Second activity: Pertandingan Teka-Teki Kuih Raya
The next activity was hosted by the Head of Writing Team and facilitated by other BruROSA committee. This competition is a guessing game in which participants were blindfolded to guess the name of kuih raya that they have tasted. This game consists of five rounds and one bonus round. Thus, in total, the participants guessed 6 Hari Raya delicacies which are Kek Mata Kucing, Tart Nanas, Kek Batik, Kuih Nona Manis, Kek Lumut and Biskut Siput. Participants will be rewarded a point with each correct guess. Ribhan from BSUAusNZ was announced as the winner of the game as she accumulated the highest number of points.
Third Activity: Duit Raya Treasure Hunting
Following the Teka-Teki Kuih Raya activity is the Duit Raya Treasure Hunting game. The Head of Entrepreneur Team-Najdah Rahman hosted this final activity. Five Duit Raya packets containing eid money were hidden around the place of the event and the guests had to hunt the Raya packets according to the clues given by the game host. At the end of the game, five lucky guests managed to find the hidden Raya packets with joy.
Before concluding the event, the BruROSA committee has chosen the top three best-dressed male and female guests. After final voting, Afiq from BSCM won the best dressed for the male category whereas Adriana from BruYork won the best dressed for the female category.
The event was concluded with a closing remark delivered by the Vice President of BruROSA, Shahirah Bakar followed by the recitation of Surah Al-'Asr by the Head of Media Team, Rizwandy Ramli. Alhamdulillah, this event was an amazing opportunity for the students to get to know BruROSA and also network with the others. A big shoutout to the Hannani Shukry, a member of the Media Team for being in charge of designing the photobooth and decorating the space. BruROSA hopes to hold this event again in the future, inshaaAllah!
Welcoming speech delivered by Vice President, Shahirah Bakar
Variety of appetizing food & refreshing beverages served for the Hari Raya feast
Male guests pose for a group photo
Finished products of paper weaved patterns
Blindfolded participants in Pertandingan Teka-Teki Kuih Raya
Duit Raya Treasure Hunt game hosted by the Head of Entrepreneur Team, Najdah Rahman