Assalamualaikum! Last week our first casualty left our school. He is the male student in the first case that I have mentioned earlier. The second day in the hostel, he developed spasm ie difficulty in breathing. Pak Haji took him to a doctor who diagnosed that physically all is well with him. " It's just stress due to anxiety, and this usually happens to some new students who go to boarding school." said the doc. The parents were called to fetch him home that night. They took him to the hospital and see another doctor, who gave same opinion that the patient has anxiety symtoms. Then the parents took him to Darul Syifa' where the ustaz treat him the Islamic method by reading verses and doa's. 3 days later he came back to school on Maal hijrah day. I was surprised because he looked different, bright faced not gloomy as before. When I asked him he responded brightly that he was happy to continue schooling. But alas! he only lasted to the evening when he started crying out for his mother again gasping for breath. The parents quickly came and took him home finally after 4 attempts of bringing him back to hostel, they gave up and informed us so.
We were quite sad for the boy and his parents but quite relieved that the hostel life for the other boys return to normal and there was a feeling of relieve for all especially the warden ustaz. I have heard this kind of cases in other hostel for tahfiz school that usually the cause of these problem in not physical or phsycological but more deep rooted. So I had asked the mother whether, her family ancestors had "saka". This has something to do with in the old days when Malays were ignorant about Islam, some kept or fed evil spirits or jinns to protect their families and properties. This evil spirit or jinn would not go away even if the original keeper had died. I was not really surprised when she answered in the affirmative. She explained that, her grandfather who died some years back had a "saka" passed down to him but the decendents never want to inherit the "saka". I told her that from what I heard some person who have this kind of "saka" will not be able to do the Quran intensely to become a tahfiz or staying in the asrama for tahfis students where the Al-Quran is being read most of the time. Then I told her I heard some people could remove the "saka" but I was not ready to get involved with that.
So poor thing, we could not help much and we lost a student! However the next day Allah send us not one but two new students; one hailed from Brunei Darussalam and another arrived from Temerloh Pahang. Both are high acheiving students with good potential. I am happy to note that the Bruneian has already led prayers as Imam. He looks bright, focussed and able to adapt that Pak Haji and I would have no doubt that he will be able to finish his Al-Quran memorising (hafazan) much earlier that the target date and on top of that his English is excellent too! ( So to the Bruneian Mum: Do not worry much about your child here, he's doing just fine!)
(Note: As for the Sarawakian Mum, Alor Setarian Mum (Doc), Kuantan Mum (Doc), your children are doing fine too! Pak Haji and I are happy to take care of all your children just like we take care of ours!)