The Egypt’s oldest degree granting institution, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, has given scholarship awards to 48 graduating students of Darul Kitab Wa Sunnah College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Gaa Akabi, Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The Propritor of the College, Dr AbdulQuadri Jimoh Solagberu disclosed this at the weekend during the graduation ceremony of the institution.
Solagberu disclosed that the total of 874 students of various sections including Diploma , SIS and others graduated from the college this year.
He explained that the college sound academic reputation and brilliant performance of the students informed the decision of the Al-Azhar University to consider students of the college for scholarship award on yearly basis, pointing out that this year’s slots was much more than what the college used to be given in the previous years.
Solagberu disclosed that plans are on for the successful take off of Darul Kitab Wa Sunnah University in Kwara, saying that the National University Commission (NUC) had given the University the first approval for the commencement of the structures, and expressed optimism that the NUC will give academic approval as soon as the ongoing construction project are completed.
He said the importance of Arabic and Islamic education is significant and manifold, saying that producing graduands with sound moral and Islamic knowledge testifies to the fact that he is contributing to the national development tremendously.
He called on parents to attach seriousness to Islamic education just as they do to western education, saying that a child that combines the two knowledge stands the chance of gaining more exposure and more importantly be relevant in any situation he finds himself.
“It is against this background that we combine both Islamic and Western education in our College here. We have Arts class and Science class. That is why all our graduands can communicate effectively in Arabic and English languages” Solagberu said.
In his comment, Engineer Alapasanpa commended the proprietor of Darul Kitab Wa Sunnah College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Dr Solagberu for running a free Arabic and Islamic education in the state.
Also speaking, a Kadi in the Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen called on Nigerian government to make Arabic and Islamic Studies a compulsory subject in school curriculum.
Justice Kamaldeen said Islam is a religion that teaches peace, love, understanding, tranquility, and tolerance, saying that if all and sundry embrace the teachings of Ilsam, Nigerian will become a better place to live in.
The Shariah Court Justice however advised the incoming government in Kwara state to ensure peace and harmony and implement policies and programmes that will positively affect the lives of kwarans and all the residents.