Similar to the Aidilfitri celebrations carried out all over the world, UUM campus community and the surrounding communities welcomed the first day of Syawal with cries of takbir, glorification and praises to Allah as well as performing the Aidilfitri prayers.
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak and his family took the opportunity to perform their prayers at the Sultan Badlishah Mosque with the other congregations.
During this festive occasion, UUM campus community who did not return to their respective hometowns to celebrate the occasion namely the international students pursuing their studies in UUM were not forgotten in fact they were feted at a banquet held after the Aidilfitri prayers yesterday morning.
Fellow student from Nigeria, Mr. Alhassan Haladu said he was very touched with the Aidilfitri celebration organised by UUM.
"The well-organised celebration was very lively. I am indeed very touched because the University did not forget the likes of us, those who are unable to return to our respective hometowns to celebrate the festive occasion. I am indeed comfortable and happy with the way UUM manages its students apart from its beautiful and interesting campus," said Haladu, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Accounting.
Meanwhile, a student from Yemen, Adel said that the opportunity to perform the Aidilfitri prayers and celebrate the festivities with friends from different countries somehow managed to make him feel less homesick.
"The festive and lively atmosphere makes me feel at home," said the PhD student from the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business.
The Vice-Chancellor also spent time mingling with the international students. He advised them to pray for the Muslims who were suffering throughout the world.
"Besides, we should also be grateful and help fellow Muslims for the good and prosperity of all of us," he said.
Also present were the Director of the UUM Islamic Centre, Assoc. Prof. Dr Ismail Ishak, and UUM senior officials.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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