IN THE spirit of Ramadan, the Management & Science University (MSU) played host to 230 children from 23 orphanages and welfare homes at its Majlis Iftar MSU.
The special guests were from homes across the Klang Valley including Rumah Kasih Harmoni Paya Jaras, Pusat Jagaan Baitus Sakinas Wal Mahabbah, Pusat Jagaan Nur Ekhwan Ku, Pertubuhan Al Khadeem, Pertubuhan Amal dan Kebajikan Anak-anak Islam Tersisih Selangor, Yayasan Al Amin and Rumah Anak Yatim Rohingya Darul Aitam.
The event was made livelier as the children, led by their caretakers, eagerly made their way to the stage to receive their zakat funds and duit raya.
A total of RM149,500 was distributed by MSU pro-chancellor Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, MSU and MSU College president Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid and MSU deputy chancellor Prof Puan Sri Dr Junainah Abd Hamid.
Held at the university’s Dewan Canselor in Shah Alam, the event was joined by more than 500 guests comprising MSU board of directors, senior management, lecturers, employees, students as well industry partners.
Guests were treated to a buka puasa meal along with performances by young talents.
Prof Mohd Shukri said the event was held as part of the MSU Ihya Ramadan 2018; the initiatives were under eight core programmes in championing causes to help the needy and playing a role towards the community.
“The MSU Ihya Ramadan is the university’s annual tradition, and all these initiatives are part of our efforts to inculcate the ‘two Gs’ culture – giving and grateful – that we would like to build across our university.
“I am very proud and glad to see that the culture that we built is not only supported by the university’s staff, but also students, regardless of religion.
“With this culture in place, I believe that the university will move forward to being a great and competitive institution in the future,” he said.
Activities of MSU Ihya Ramadan 2018 included breaking of fast, zakat distribution, bubur lambuk distribution and Quran reading involving both the campus and local community across the country.
Among other core programmes are community engagement for students and staff carried out at mosques and hospitals as well as a zakat campaign among MSU staff.
One of the highlights is GPS Ramadan which involves MSU medical students going to 11 locations in 11 states nationwide as well as one location in Bangalore, India, to provide health checks and screening to the public, especially welfare homes and orphanages.
There is also the MSU’s global breaking of fast and zakat distribution in countries such as Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Syria, Palestine and Bosnia.