167 join Quran reading scheme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONLY 29 per cent of the 579 applicants for the Tilawah Al-Quran Scheme for teens managed to secure a place in its 19th intake.

Of those selected to join, 126 were from Brunei-Muara, 13 from Tutong, 19 from Belait and nine from Temburong.

Registration for the scheme was held at learning centres yesterday across all four districts.

Registration in Brunei-Muara took place at Beribi Religious School, in Tutong at PAP Norain Religious School, in Belait at PAP Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah Religious School and in Temburong at the Arabic Preparatory Religious School.

The Tilawah Al-Quran scheme, launched in 1997, is conducted by the Islamic Studies Department (JPI) to produce youth that are Quran literate.

“The objective of the scheme is to train and guide candidates in proper Quran reading skills with the aim of producing teens who have the potential to become national level qari (male Al-Quran readers) and qariah (female Al-Quran readers),” said the head of the Tilawah Al-Quran and Dikir unit of the advanced studies section of JPI in her speech.

Ustazah Pg Hjh Salbiah Pg Hj Md Salleh, who is also the head of the scheme, said the selection process was competitive.

“You must not waste this opportunity, as it is provided for you by the government free of charge. Therefore, you must work hard and give your best during the programme,” she said.

During the programme, which runs for two years, students will be taught four main subjects: Tarannum, a style of reading Al-Quran through singing, Muratal or Quranic recitation, tajweed or the knowledge and application of the rules of recitation and articulacy and tausyeh or Islamic poetry songs.

Classes will be held every Friday and Sunday from 8am to 10am.

Students who pass the final exam in their second year with either an A or B grade will be offered the opportunity to join a year-long scheme called “Skim Lanjutan Tilawah Al-Quran Remaja” or Advanced Al-Quran Reading Scheme for Youth.

In the advanced scheme, they will practice Al-Quran reading techniques such as breathing and undergo intensive vocal classes.

Students interested in joining the programme must be Muslim Bruneians aged 12 to 18 on January 1 of every programme admission, still studying in any schools in the country and have passed the selection interview.

The Brunei Times