RBAF to compete in Saudi Quran contest

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TWO personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces will be heading to Saudi Arabia for the Eighth Prince Sultan International Al-Quran Memorisation Competition for Military Personnel.

Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah yesterday handed over the flag to head of the contingent, Lt Pg Khairuddin Pg Hj Tali, in a ceremony at Bolkiah Garrison.

The two contestants will compete in different categories, Cpl Pg Kamarul Sarip Pg Hj Saripuddin in the five juz (chapter) memorisation category, while Lt Pg Khairuddin will participate in the 10 chapter memorisation category.

The Ministry of Defence in a statement said the competition - held once every two years - aimed to gather military personnel who can memorise the Quran from all Islamic countries.

It added that RBAF has been invited to the competition since 2004, and participation of its officers signifies the development of Islamic beliefs among RBAF personnel, specifically in the reading and memorising of the Quran.

Along with the two participants, the contingent also consist of a senior officer from RBAF as the escorting officer, a RBAF personnel as the observing member, and a supervising officer from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah.

Yesterday’s ceremony started with the second Khatam Al-Quran recitation to mark RBAF’s 54th anniversary.

The participants, along with the other contingents, will be flying off to Saudi Arabia for the competition tonight.

The Brunei Times