Nur Wanie Azmi, 15 years old, is a student of Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah and anaspiring specialist in Islamic knowledge, especially in the areas of the study of Al-Quran. “Quran is my passion. I want to help people learn the Quran and its meanings,” she said.

To ensure she is able to achieve her aspirations, Nur Wanie spend hours every day, from as early as 4 o’clock in the morning to revise her subjects. The youngest among six older siblings is inspired by her older siblings, most of which are also graduates of Madrasah and pursuing higher studies in Islamic Education. The support and influence inspired her to also be an expert in the religion.

Nur Wanie’s father is the sole breadwinner of the family, making ends meet as a private hire driver. Her mother on the other hand, is a full-time housewife. The family of eight lives in a 3-room HDB flat. Though finances can sometimes be difficult for her family, it does not stop Nur Wanie from performing well in school.

The student councillor has been scoring well in her studies since primary one and is amongst the recipients of the Progress Fund Madrasah Assistance Scheme (PROMAS) bursary by Muis every year since Secondary One.

PROMAS is funded by Zakat paid through mosques and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) under asnaf riqab and fisabilillah. The fund supports madrasah students from lower income families in terms of school fees, transport costs as well as school enrichment programmes. “PROMAS has assisted me in many aspects including relieving some of my family’s finances while I focus on my studies. “Knowing that PROMAS comes from the community (via Zakat), I feel a sense of duty to repay the community by doing my very best and be a resource for my community later,” said Nur Wanie. “Amongst others, I hope to be a volunteer one day to teach our community the Quran and its tafsir insyaAllah.”

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