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Speech for 3rd Year Graduation Dinner

June 15, 2009

By: Dr^Waqipedia

<This is the speech that I will give if I have 5 hours to prepare that night, not just spontaneously and of course, I will deliver it in English, Insyallah.>

 In the name of Allah, the Merciful and the Compassionate,

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 August 2006, we stepped into an unknown medical university, named after CUCMS and we, at that time, are nothing. We didn’t have any single idea what we would go through. The hardships, the sweet and the bitterness of medical life, we went through it together with the help of our beloved lecturers and after 3 years, here we are.

Yesterday, on Friday, 12 June 2009, we have officially finished our third year and today we are celebrating our success together. Thanks to Allah SWT to give us life and strength to go through 2 years clinical and one year clinical successfully. I pray that all of you, in front of me will strive harder in the next 2 years and eventually, we will finish our MBBS together.

My beloved lecturers and friends,

I still remember my first acquaintance with Shahril in my first year. We were meant to be in a same group, together with Kew, Burg and FBI. On the first day, I asked him his name and from where. As usual, typical Shahril’s answer would be, ‘Nama aku Shahril, asal Salak Selatan’. Same goes to Kew and FBI. However, does it matter for us? Maybe in term of befriends, it’s good to know each other and build a relationship because we will stay together for another 5 years studying medical. What I want to stress here is how beautiful life is, where we could know each other and build our ‘ukhuwwah’, learn new things and go through everything together. 3 years is a long duration but it feels like a very short while. It’s a reward from God to us but how many of us really feel that as a reward from Him? Let’s take a look to a verse from Al-Quran about human creation,

“And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth). Thereafter, We made him (the offspring of Adam) as a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge and lodged it) in a safe lodging (womb of the woman). Then, We made the Nutfah into a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), then We made the clot into a little lump of flesh, then We made out of that little lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh and then We brought it forth as another creation. So Blessed is Allah, the Best of creators.”

(Surah Al-Mukminun: 12-14)

From the time we were born from our mother’s belly, Allah SWT has gave us soul to feel. He takes care of us and gives us everything for us to live. Whether there are bad or good, happy or not, we still have ‘life’ and a life is a reward. The question is how many of us appreciate this reward and how many of us take initiative to improve their lives while at the same time, enjoy the love and friendship in life. Due to lack of appreciation of life, how many peoples in this world waste their life with suicide and doing harm to themselves and other peoples?

My beloved lecturers and friends,

Does anyone of us realize and appreciate on how much we should be thankful to God for choosing us becoming a medical student. It’s not about glamorous or money but how close this profession can bring us to God and our society. Our path in medical line can bring us to become anyone we want but our chances to contribute for our society and ‘ummah’ are open wide. It is a reward from God to determine us to be in this life line. Of course, all of us realize how high our society’s perception and trust towards medical professions and it has been proven in a survey done by Berita Harian in 2006 towards different jobs regarding society’s trust. There is no doubt that we have to prove that we live to that expectation and for me, it is a reward given from God. He did not choose other peoples but us, to work in this very pure profession. In Al-Quran, it cited;

“They ask you (O Muhammad) what they should spend. Say: Whatever you spend of good must be for parents and kindred and orphans and the poor and the wayfarer, and whatever you do of good deeds, truly, Allah knows it well”

(Surah Al-Baqarah: 214)

From this verse, we have been perfectly set up to works for all of them. Being a doctor is like to live in a garden with full of fruit trees and our choice to pick up a good fruits or not. If we have the good faith, sincerity and patience towards medical profession, we will have a prosperous and rewarding life. We will enjoy it but if we lack of a good doctor’s qualities, we will suffer in this world and the day after. Believe me; the life we live now is the farm for our day after.

To get the qualities of a good doctor, it definitely involves our heart or ‘qalb’. From our heart goes to our mind and it will shine out in our daily action. In a hadith cited by Rasullullah SAW;

“In human bodies, there is a flesh. If the flesh is good, means all will be good but if it become horrific, it will all messed up. Remind you, the flesh is our heart.”

Becoming a good doctor, we must treasure a kind heart besides perseverance, hard working and patience. How could we treat people if our heart is spoiled? In a journal written by Ustaz Hasrizal, he said that the source of problems to our body and society’s disease is spoiled heart. For me, healthy heart will make up a hale and hearty body and mind, and a problematic one will affect our appearance. I believe that the patients who come will trust us more because we have showed our own examples of a ‘healthy’ heart and body.

A healthy heart will come with good spiritual well-being; means have good connection with God. There is prove that suggested that the failure or depression in several medical practitioners which lead to psychotic disorders and suicide are triggered by poorer spiritual well being and ‘unhealthy’ life style. Doctors are just like any other human being; they bound to make mistake, ‘mood swings’, fall sick or having personal problems. However, in order to survive with hectic schedule of medical professions while balancing a proper life, is the help and assistance from God. In Al-Quran, Allah SWT has mentioned that anyone who takes care of Him and his orders, he will look out for his relationship toward others. Look how much care and love God to us.

My beloved lecturers and friends,

In my opinion, personally the job scopes and tasks of a doctor in the future will not only involve treating and educating about health physically but they will also be required for spiritual reasons. It is an additional quality for a doctor who will do better in the future besides good rapport with patients. We can see how bad our society have become in terms of behavior, attitudes and the more important is how much Islam is applied for real in their life if they confess themselves as a Muslim. Our task as future medical practitioners is to educate people and the next generation with a healthy life style and true way of life with religious as guidance. For me, as a Muslim, Islam has described a very detail and perfect way of life in any aspects thoroughly with Al-Quran and Hadith as guidance.

So, for now, we have to set back our mission statement in order to go through another 2 years of clinical year and then 2 years for housemanship. We can list down a lot but I can put three important points that should always be considered and ‘muhasabah’ which are;

  1. Where we come from?
  2. Why or for what reason we live in this world?
  3. Where we will go after this?

Allah SWT has cited in Al-Quran in Surah Az-Zariyat verse 56;

“And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me (Alone).”

All those questions are the basic one for us to understand the meaning of life and if we really feel and understand the answers, we will appreciate our life as a reward and present from God. For the second question, if we set our intention and put every actions as for ‘ibadah’ towards Allah SWT, we will find blissful and satisfaction in our works. Pray to God hence all our deeds will be rewarded as ‘pahala’ and to live successfully in this world and here after.

My beloved lecturers and friends,

In this one year clinical, I have learned to reflect several things and I would like to exchange it with you all.

“Patience is an art, learn it. If you anxious over the outcome of a goal, believe in your faith and consequences. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.”

I have learned a lot not only from the lecturers but also from my friends and patients. I learned to be a human myself but at the same time, I prefer to become a better one. And I want all of you, my beloved friends to be better and great people in the future. WE, ARE THE REFLECTION OF THE FUTURE GENERATION. Why? If I ask every group in our batch, all of you will say that your group is the best. Of course, all groups are the best. It doesn’t matter because it only proves that OUR BATCH IS ONE OF THE BEST PRODUCTS OF CUCMS AND THE DAY, WE STEP INTO MEDICAL WORLD, WE ARE MEANT TO DO CHANGES FOR GREATER SAKE, INSYALLAH.

Lastly, the good one is from Allah SWT and the bad, is from my own weakness. May the second time I will give the speech is the time when we finish our MBBS. Wabillahi Taufiq Wal Hidayah, Assalamualaikum WBT.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2009 2.45 am06

    Assalamualaikum..
    mind if i link your blog?
    really liked the speech, btw.
    keep writing for the sake of Islam.
    May Allah bless u

  2. Dr^Waqipedia permalink*
    June 20, 2009 2.45 pm06

    Waalaikumussalam wbt,
    insyallah, my pleasure…
    may the content can benefit all ‘mujahid’ in this world and anyone who hope for better future…and better world..
    insyallah
    thank you for support

  3. July 5, 2009 2.45 am07

    Perfect!

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