Azan, Iqamat competition concludes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE final round of the 14th National Azan and Iqamat competition was held yesterday at the Kg Bunut Mosque in Mukim Kilanas.

A total of 16 finalists representing mosques and prayer halls from around the country competed, with eight participants competing in each of the two categories.

Category ‘A’ saw eight finalists aged 45 and above, while category ‘B’ saw eight finalists compete under the 18 to 44 age group.

Winner of category ‘A’ was Mahmud Abu Bakar, representing the Lambak Kanan National Housing Scheme mosque with an overall score of 91 points. The winner received a trophy and $250 cash prize as well as an accompanying prize and certificate.

The winner of category ‘B’ was Hj Shahrin Hj Matnor, representing the Kg Saba Prayer Hall, Zone 1, Brunei Muara with an overall score of 96.5 points. The winner also received a trophy and $250 cash prize as well as an accompanying prize and certificate.

On hand to give out the prizes was Hj Ismail Hj Murat, Acting Director of Prisons Department, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA).

The annual competition was organised by the Kg Bunut Perpindahan Village Consultative Council with collaboration from the Kg Bunut Mosque Takmir Committee, the Bunut Youth Association (IKERAB) as well as the Department of Mosque Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

According to a speech by the acting village head of Kg Bunut Perpindahan, Hj Durahim Hassan who was also the joint chairman of the competitions’ organising committee, among the objectives of the competition were to give exposure to the participants in particular youths, to continue to have interest in performing the Azan and Iqamat and be prepared whenever called upon to do so.

The competition, he said, also aims at further developing the talents of the participants to better their performance of the Azan and Iqamat as well as foster a closer relationship between participants and the mosque.

He added that the competition aims to foster closer ties between participants, develop unity among Muslims and contribute in voluntary work whenever needed.

He also said that this year’s competition has been well-received by the public whereby they saw a total of 52 participants during the first round which was held on April 17.

He expressed his hope that the competition would be able to not only be a gathering of talent but also an opportunity for people to gather for a beneficial activity at the mosque while fostering closer ties with each other.

The Brunei Times