Royalty at Darusysyifa' graduation
By Rokiah Mahmud

A total of 164 members of Darusysyifa' Warrafahah, a Medical and Islamic Welfare Association, yesterday received their graduation certificates during a ceremony held at the Chancellor Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik attended the second graduation ceremony for the 2011 intake of Darusysyifa' Warrafahah.

Upon arrival, HRH was greeted by Dato Paduka Ahmad Bukhari bin PSRK Abu Hanifah, the President of Darusysyifa' Warrafahah, Professor Dato' Dr Haron Din, the founder and advisor of Darusysyifa Warafahah and other members of the association.

The ceremony started with the reading of al-Quran by Haji Rosli bin Haji Batang, one of the Darusysyifa members, followed by a speech from the President of Darusysyifa' Warrafahah.

He said that all members of the second intake have undergone 80 hours of learning programme on the Islamic treatment methods.

"We are still in the process of finding suitable land to build the Darussyifa' Warrafahah Clinic Block. Once the centre is built and fully operational, it will be used as an Islamic Medical Centre complex.

"The centre that they are currently utilising is a rented house and is very uncomfortable for members of the public to come for treatment.

"In addition, the centre is very small and could not accommodate many people at one time. In initiating the construction of a new centre, Darusysyifa' is hoping that it could be a centre of excellence for medical research and to train more specialists in the Islamic medical treatment. Darusysyifa' also hopes to generate the development of knowledge especially through research, learning programmes and practice that would not only benefit the members but also the public," he added

The Tasmi' (hearing) of 20 main Zikir was read by the members, which they have learnt during their 80 hours learning programme followed by the founder and advisor of Darusysyifa' Warrafahah announcing the participants as members of Darusysyifa' Warrafahah.

Subsequently, HRH presented the graduation certificates to 164 members of the 2011 intake of Darusysyifa Warafahah. HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik also had the opportunity to view an exhibition at the foyer area of the Chancellor Hall.

In an interview with the Bulletin, Hj Ahmad bin Abdussalam expressed his joy for successfully finishing the 80 hours of Islamic medical study. Aside from learning about the herbs and plants that could be used in medical treatment, he said that gaining knowledge through the course was very helpful.

Meanwhile, Mohd Yusri bin Hj Abu Bakar, a government officer, hoped that by completing the course, he could share his knowledge with members of the public.

Hjh Noor binti Hj Mohadi shared her experience during the course and aside from relying on medical treatment which is provided by the hospital, Darusysyifa' Warrafahah could also be used as an alternative treatment because it uses the Islamic methods in healing one's ailment, she added. - Borneo Bulletin (7th February 2011)