‘Youth need to continue improving Quran recitation’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI’S representatives for the 58th International Tilawah Al-Quran Competition in Malaysia returned to Brunei yesterday after emerging as runner up and second runner up in their respective categories.

Present to welcome them home and congratulate their achievements at the Brunei International Airport were the Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman and Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong.

Ak Mohd Adibul Amin Pg Hj Marjuki took home the runner up prize with a score of 90.15 per cent while Siti Huzzaimah Yadey Hj Rosli was named second runner up with a score of 85.88 per cent.

YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin lauded their performance saying that the marks and improvements were encouraging.

The Religious minister said the next step for the representatives and local youth in general is to continue to enhance quality of Al-Quran recitation.

“What is important now is we have to further improve our quality of recitation... The enhancement of quality is needed,” he said.

According to YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin, his ministry ) has taken initiatives to assist local youth to improve through its Islamic Studies Department.

He said the department has an existing committee where a number of qari (male readers) and qariah (female readers) receive guidance to improve their skills.

YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin hopes the achievement by the two representatives will act as a motivation for the local youths to further improve their skills.

In an interview, Ak Mohd Adibul encouraged youths to keep on improving their Quran reading skills.

“We should not be complacent, we need to continue learning and improving,” he said.

Throughout his participation in the annual competition, the qari said this year is his first time emerging as a runner. The runner-up was awarded with RM30,000 ($9,900), along with a souvenir and a certificate of participation.

Similarly, second runner up, Siti Huzzaimah Yadey also encouraged youths continue learning and honing their Quran reading skills.

“(Even when we have secured podium finishes), it does not mean that we stop (learning). We have to continue to improve,” she said.

The second runner up was awarded with RM20,000, along with a souvenir and an appreciation certificate.

The Brunei Times