Saturday, November 27, 2010

Prize Presentation for Sekolah Ugama Sungai Tali Lumut

A prize presentation ceremony for Sekolah Ugama Sungai Tali Lumut was held yesterday at the school's auditorium. Present as a guest of honour was Cikgu Ismail bin Ali, an officer from Belait Islamic Studies Department.

The event started with a recital of the surah al-Fatihah followed by a speech from Lumut Religious School's Headmaster Cikgu Abd Manaf bin Haji Mohamed which was one of the highlighted event. Subsequently Cikgu Ismail bin Ali toke the floor to give a speech.

This was followed by the prize presentation by the guest of honour

The ceremony was summed up by a group photo session

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tahsinul Khat and Advanced Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

The Islamic Dakwah Center recently held a certificate presentation for its workshop on Tahsinul Khat and Islamic Calligraphy at an advanced level. Three facilitators of the Arabic Calligraphy course invited to train participants were Jasim Mi'raj, Farid Abd Rahim Al-Ali of Kuwait and Ustaz Abd Baki bin Abu Bakar of Malaysia.

A section of Tahsinul Khat participants in a group photo with the guest of honour Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Mohd Jali bin Abd Latif from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Facilitators of the Arabic Calligraphy Workshop. From left to right: Farid Abd. Rahim (Kuwait), Jasim Mi'raj (Kuwait) and Ustaz Abd Baki bin Abu Bakar (Malaysia)

Farid Abd. Rahim, a facilitator from Kuwait with some participants in the workshop

Ustaz Abd Baki writing 'Nasakh Calligraphy' in Shauqy style on the blackboard

Cikgu Samri from Unit of Curriculum, Department of Islamic Studies communicating with his mentor

Cikgu Mohd Firdaus, a religious teacher from Kuala Belait practising Nasakh calligraphy

Everyone is listening attentively to Ustaz Abd Baki

Ustaz Haji Suhaibon bin Hj Othman is famed for his Arabic calligraphy and held in high esteemed by avid fans of Jawi and Arabic calligraphers in the region

Ustaz Abd Baki demonstrating his calligraphy skill

For Arabic and Jawi calligraphy, pens are made from bamboo, Resam fern or lemongrass. However, calligraphy pens can be made from aerial root of a tree called 'Akar Tunjang Pipit'. If you live in Belait District, you can hunt Akar Tunjang in Labi area.

Hunting for Akar Tunjang Pipit in Labi forest

The end product of Akar Tunjang Pipit, a calligrapy pen.

Ustaz Abd Baki uses a special range of calligraphic pens in the creation of his beautiful Arabic handwriting

Beautiful calligraphy work can be done with the use of various calligraphy pens such as pens made of wood. In all likelihood you were not interested the first time you saw it since it looks complicated. Actually making a wood pen can be challenging as you will be using calligraphy pen that you may not familiar with. The above wood pen is one of the Arabic calligraphy arsenal that Ustaz Mohd Baki has available to help him achieve what he want to do in his calligraphy endeavours

Another version of calligraphy pens that are made of ' Bengkawang'

The proper proportion of Thuluth style

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sekalung Budi

Setinggi-Tinggi Ucapan Terima Kasih
Kepada Ahli-Ahli Jawatankuasa Peraduan Membaca Tahlil Dan Doa Arwah
Persekolahan Ugama Peringkat Akhir Negara
Kali Ke 18
Bagi Tahun 1431 /2010

The Final of the 18th National Tahlil and Doa Arwah Competition

Yesterday, a total of sixteen teams represented by five students from each religious schools throughout the country competed in the 18th National Tahlil and Doa Arwah competition. The one-day event was divided into morning and afternoon session. The main event was held in the afternoon event. They were twelve teams competed for the morning session and four teams competed for the afternoon. It took place at Liang Lumut Recreation Club (LLRC). This year Belait Islamic Studies Department played host for the National the 18th National Tahlil and Doa Arwah competition.

The main objective of the Tahlil and Doa Arwah competition is to help refining student's recital of Tahlil and Doa Arwah besides encouraging students to continuously practice their recital.

Present as guest of honour at the event was a Member of Legislative Council and Village head of Kampong Lumut I, Haji Mohd Shafie bin Ahmad. Also present at the event was the Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Islamic Studies Ustazah Hajah Asmah binti Haji Randah and other senior officers from the Department of Islamic Studies.

Sekolah Ugama Penanjong Tutong was the champion in the male category, while the first and second runners-up were Sekolah Arab Jerudong and Sekolah Ugama PAP Umi Kalthum Al-Islam respectively.

Meanwhile, Sekolah Ugama PAP Umi Kalthum Al-Islam won in the female category with the second and the third places went to Sekolah Ugama Penanjong Tutong and Sekolah Persediaan Arab Bandar Seri Begawan respectively.

Md Amirul Faiz Rosali from Sekolah Ugama Penanjong Tutong was named the best male Doa reader, while Syukrena binti Hj Sulong from Sekolah Persediaan Arab Bandar Seri Begawan took award in the female category

The best male imam was awarded to Adi Harizee Zanidi from Sekolah Ugama Sungai Liang, and the best female imam was won by Siti Najwah Najihah Ghani from Sekolah Ugama Penanjong Tutong.

The event also saw a Nasyid performance by Sekolah Ugama Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah Seria, as well as presentation of gifts to all participants and the judges by the guest of honour

A section of the male participants

A female team

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Ubuntu Workshop

The ICT Unit, Department of Islamic Studies, yesterday ran a workshop introducing Ubuntu to ICT teachers of Arabic and Religious school nationwide. On hand to conduct the worksop were Cikgu Husny bin Abang Taha and Cikgu Norhalim bin Hj Abd Thani.

Cikgu Norhalim said that the introduction of Ubuntu OS aims to introduce an operating system that is easier to use but still offered the look and feel of a powerful computing environment, without sacrificing the budget. In addition, he said "there is no need to have an antivirus for Ubuntu installed on the system. But in practical life, there are several reasons to have an antivirus installed, for any operating system you have installed on your machine.

The workshop ended with question and answer session and refreshments.

Participants attending an introduction to Ubuntu

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Typing Arabic or Jawi with your PC

My friend asked me 'Can you tell me how you at least got the ability to type Arabic in your PC? I said "Sanang jua tu..simply enable Arabic as a second language in your Windows OS" But without waiting he asked me out directly "What else is that OS thingy?" I then answered " OS is simply the most important program that you MUST installed, before anything else, on your computer.."

I caught a puzzled look on his face. So all I could do was to think of the analogy to make the concept of OS easy to grasp.." If you go to Miri, you should take your passport with you right, meaning your passport is the important thing that you need to show before you enter Miri " So I told him "OS is like your passport, your first step is to buy your OS for your windows" He nodded and smiled.

But he still looked at me inquisitively and asked 'I am a kind of new to Windows 7, so can you tell me how to installed Arabic in Windows 7?"

Without hesitation I then told him how to install Arabic Language on to his PC in live demo fashion, since coincidentally I had my laptop with me. Within seconds, he breathed a sight of relief and said, 'Adee..sanang jua baaa ah tapi masih jua ku inda pandai.' With a smile on his face

Now it's your turn. You might wonder how to enable Arabic in your Windows 7 OS, Well, here are the tutorials that can help you on your way to enablign Jawi or Arabic in your Windows 7 OS. Question about how to enable 'Jawi' or Arabic language to a PC is something that my friends usually ask me. So you ask for it and I deliver it! hehe. So here comes the guide to help you with the Arabic Language installation.

Click the 'Start' button, then click 'Control Panel' (Click the image below to enlarge it)

Move your mouse pointer over 'Control Panel' button, this will lead to another dialog box as shown below. Click the icon, named 'Clock, Language and Region' (Click the image below to enlarge it)

After clicking the icon, you will come up with 'Region and Language'. dialogue box. Select the 'Keyboards and Languages' tab, then click 'Change keyboards...' button.

Another dialogue box will open displaying 'General' tab as shown below. In the 'Default input language' as illustrated below, English (United State)-US is the only input language exists on the menu. In order to be able to type in Malay Jawi or Arabic language we need to add Arabic languager. Click the 'Add' button (circled in red)

You will come with the dialogue box shown below. Choose or highlight 'Saudi Arabia' from the select list as shown below then click 'OK'

In the pop up dialogue box, click the small plus sign next to the Arabic (Saudi Arabia) to expand it. (Illustrated below)

After clicking Arabic (Saudi Arabia) you will see the list expand under it, a keyboard list. Select (Arabic 101) as a keyboard.

As shown above, in the 'Installed Device' list your newly created Arabic Saudi Arabia keyboard is added to the list.

Now, click the drop-down menu to make sure that your newly created Arabic (Saudi Arabia)-Arabic (101) is installed in the Input Language list. Then click 'OK'. Now, with a smile on my face, my tutorial comes to an end and I hope it can be of benefit for you..Ilaa hunaa Intahainaa, wa ilal liqaaa. Ma'as salaam