Asrama? Biasalah. Ramai yang pergi asrama. Nothing exciting about asrama.
When I was a child, I used to read the story books. Series of them. We have the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and one of my favorite is the Malory Towers. Malory Towers tells a story about life in a boarding school. It is also a reason for me wanted to go to a hostel. It motivates me. I always thought that all hostels are as envisioned by the writer. Luxury place to stay with lots of friends around. Full of activities and adventure. But...well.... story books are mostly fictitious. It was written to draw readers into purchasing it. My hostel was far worst that what I imagined. But there is where I grew up - my teenage life.
Sending K.Ngah aka. Sabrina to her hostel last Sunday, brought back the Malory Towers into me. The dorm was luxurios. Single bedded. Six in a room. Large closet. Plenty of storage space (drawers attached to the bottom of the bed). And a study table for each. This is no ordinary secondary hostel!!! A college, perhaps for tertiary education. Believe it. MITST has it.
Lucky they are with the facilities and a very conducive environment provided. May all of them are successful in their endeavour to become a holistic hafiz/hafizah. With sound academic knowledge, good Islamic virtues and Quran remembered by heart. May they become the great leaders of the future that rules according to Islamic teaching as stipulated in Quran and Hadith.
By the way, some information about the school. MITST is a full boarding school fully sponsored by Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor. To enter the Maahad, one must sit for UPSR and PSRA (this may change according to government's curriculum review). You can get more information here. The school combines three knowledge disciplines: i) academic (according to Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia), ii) the Al Azhar curricullum for the Islamic subjects and iii) hafazan. The students are expected to complete their 30 juzuks hafazan in three years time, insha Allah, or throughout their study span in the Maahad. The intake is very limited with only 60 students per year which comprises of 30 males and 30 females. Prior to the acceptance, each candidates will have to come for a hafazan interview and a written test. Application were normally made through schools where they sat for their PSRA is and submitted to Jabatan Pendidikan Islam Selangor (JAIS). Each year hundreds of applications were submitted. Currently there are three of the same Maahad established by JAIS. Those are the MITST Banting @MITIB (in Jugra), MITST Klang @MITSTK (in Alam Impian, Shah Alam), and MITST Sabak Bernam @ MITST Saber (in Sabak Bernam).
Alhamdulillah, parents nowadays are moving towards nourishing their children with Quran. Insha Allah, we will be able to build a better nation with strong Islamic foundation and principles in the future. Ameen.