- Thesis on Nursi
- Books on Nursi
- Graduate Studies
First of all, I would like to express my wholeheartedly appreciation to my family who had motivated and helped me a lot as well as allowed me to have internship abroad. Apart from that, I would like to say thank you to Usim Alamiyah for been supportive and gave guidance for those were having the internship abroad. Indeed, I would like to express my great appreciation to my beloved lecturer, Dr Nurulwahidah Fauzi. In fact, I wouldn’t know about the internship placement if she didn’t share the information. She had helped me a lot in term of preparation to have internship in Turkey. She gave the books of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi to get the roughly view. Indeed, even she was busy with her hectic schedule everyday, she spent her precious time to share her knowledge and experience in order to well-equipped me with the appropriate knowledge before being independent in oversea. Besides, she always gave motivation and been so supportive to me. I felt so grateful to have such a good and helpful lecturer. Thank you for all that had helped me either in directly or indirectly. May Allah bless all of you.
Life is a full of surprises. Currently I am completing my Bachelor’s studies and having my internship program in Istanbul, Turkey. It was unexpected moment when I got the reply from Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture around a week before the due date of application submission for internship abroad. My joy knew no bounds. Praise to Allah, I felt so grateful to have the great opportunity since it was my dream to have internship abroad. I wanted to do my internship abroad to obtain the insight of the world’s employability skills and to have the international cultural exposure as well as blending the knowledge in communication and projects managements.
Everybody should have a definite aim. An aimless man cannot be succeeded in life. Indeed, we all know that the practical experience is the best moments and internship gives students that hands-on experience they need. Internships are a learning experience of new skills and improving on previous skills that have been gained before. In fact, internship program is academic program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship in the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture as the foundation provided me the valuable experience necessary for jobs, indeed it was an important part of academic career. Interestingly, I learned about the diverse of culture, languages and the most significant part was the magnum opus of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.
It have been a month since I came to Istanbul. There were a lot of things that I learnt during my internship period. I learned the new working atmosphere as a project assistant and volunteer in the foundation. Besides that, I learned Turkish language as well as improved my English proficiency. Apart from that, there were other works such as greet and received guests, made an essay pertaining to the Education System of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, and created the network with the people and other institutions as well. Moreover, I got involved in volunteering works such as helped the Syrian families that lived in Istanbul. Indeed, been as a project assistant, I had made proposal to invite Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia to have study tour in Istanbul. Besides, I invited also the International Youth Centre Malaysia to have collaborated program with the foundation. At the same time, I had made some proposals in creating the network linkage with some institutions in Maldives and Brunei as well.
In regards to Said Nursi, his magnum opus was Risale-I-Nur collection, a body of Quranic commentary attempted to reconcile the modern sciences and religious sciences on the onslaught of a materialistic atheism and aggressive secularism. It was well-known that Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was one of the important thinkers of the Muslim world in the last century, who inspired a faith movement that has played a vital role in the revival of Islam in Turkey and now across the world. For the English version of Risale-I-Nur, there were 7 books. I have read the Risale-I-Nur that had been translated into English entitled “The Short Words”.
In addition, I had been exposed to read the Risale-I-Nur since I came to Turkey. I lived in Dersane with the Turkish sisters from vary of background. Indeed, all of them were students and studied the Risale-I-Nur collection. Every Friday, we had class of Risale-I-Nur after Maghrib prayer. It was a wonderful moment that we had spent precious time together within one month. Every morning, we would have “halaqah” to read “tasbihat” and read Risale-I-Nur together. Besides, during the night we would have the study circle regarding the Risale-I-Nur and it was conducted in Turkish language. Indeed, I was not excluded to read the Risale-I-Nur in Turkish language. It couldn’t be imagined that I was reading in the foreign language that I had never learnt before. It was an unforgettable moment!
As been stated previously, I got involved in the voluntary works in the foundation. Indeed, volunteering gives an opportunity to change people’s lives including our own. It gives the satisfaction of playing a role in someone else’s life, helping people who may not be able to help themselves. In reality, volunteering is a way of giving back to our community while developing important social skills and gaining valuable work experience all at the same time. It was exciting when I had spent my time with the Syrian children and been able to cheer up them. It was one of the wonderful moment in Turkey.
It couldn’t be denied that at first I faced the challenges in order to adapt with the new environments. The changes of the weather and the Turkish lifestyle that have quite difference with the Malaysian culture itself. It was taking time to well-adapted and blended with the differences. However, I felt grateful that I could adapt in the short time without influenced my works. Indeed, people in the foundation and my Turkish friends were very supportive and helpful. There were Turkish sisters that always gave help and support to me. One of them was sister Rukiye. She was also my housemate in the Dersane.
Now, I am working hard to fulfill my desire. I hope that I shall be able to reach my goal and serve the nation by the grace of Allah. I am eternally grateful for every single thing that I had learnt in the foundation. Last but not least, I would like to express my special appreciation and thank you to the General Coordinator of the foundation, Mr Hakan Gulerce who helped me the most. It was my pleasure to know him and the great honour to be the first Malaysian and Usimian that have internship in the foundation.
Thank you for all that helped me. May Allah bless all of you.
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