Quran contest winners crowned

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUHAMMAD Sa’dun Suhaili and Dk Siti Ummi Syazana Pg Hj Marjuki were named the winners of the National Musabaqah Tilawah Al-Quran for Youth yesterday.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof presented cash prizes and trophies to the winners. Also present at the event was Deputy Minister of Education Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar.

The two winners bested six other finalists.

Muhammad Sa’dun scored 89 per cent with his recital of Surah Ibrahim beginning from verse 35 while Dk Siti Ummi Syazana scored 88.75 per cent with her recital of verses from Surah Yunus.

The second place winner in the male category went to Ashizal Zainal Abidin who scored 86.75 per cent with his recital from Surah Al-Kahfi.

Meanwhile, Abdul Mu’in Hj Abd Hamid scored 82.25 per cent, securing third position in the competition with his recital from Surah Al-Baqarah.

For the female category, second place went to Dk Amal Zahirah Pg Hj Jofri who scored 87 per cent with her recital of verses from Surah Luqman. Dk Nur Aqilah Pg Hj Ayub bagged third place with 83.38 per cent with a verse recital from Surah Al-Nisaa’.

The competition is an annual activity organised by the Youth and Sports Department under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

It started in the 1980s and serves as a forum for qari and qariah to expand their talent and capabilities in the recitation of Al-Quran.

Brunei-Muara District continued to see an increase in the number of participants in the National Youth Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran.

Statistics show that 78 participants were from Brunei-Muara, eight from Tutong, six from Belait and six from Temburong, bringing the total to 98 participating qari and qariah from all four districts. The total number of participants last year was 77.

Participants must be between 15 to 25 years old.

The minister, in his speech prior to presenting the prizes, said it is our collective responsibility to guide the youth so they will always be on the right path in line with the country’s aspirations and visions.

“We strongly hope that in addition to being able to recite Al-Quran, our youths will also practice and appreciate the teachings contained in Al-Quran,” he added.

The musabaqah should be viewed from a positive angle, as it is not only a competition but also an approach towards bringing youth closer to Al-Quran in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s aspirations to make Brunei a zikir nation.

The Brunei Times