Al-Quran reading contest concludes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ZAINAL Mustapa Jaluddin and Nur Irdina Sarudin won the National Musabaqah Tilawah Al-Quran for Arabic and Religious Schools held at the RTB Complex in Sg Akar yesterday.

The champions bested six other finalists in their respecitive categories with scores of 90.5 per cent and 89.75 per cent, respectively.

Organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in collaboration with the Department of Islamic Studies (JPI), the competition saw 251 contestants vying for the championship.

Zainal, a Year Five student at the PAP Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah Religious School, said that he was happy and grateful for the victory as he prepared for it for over a month.

Zainal’s father, Jaluddin Hj Hujan, said this competition would be the third time his 12-year-old son was named the champion.

Zainal has been joining Al-Quran reading competitions since 2012.

InsyaAllah, our hope is for him to continue this journey and to further improve his reading skills to get to the next level,” he said, adding that Zainal undergoes Al-Quran recital practices and teachings both at home and at school.

Meanwhile, the winner for the female category, Nur Irdina, from the Temburong Arabic Preparatory School, said that she had to go through an intensive training to prepare herself for the competition.

“We read (Al-Quran) both in the morning and afternoon everyday for a month under the guidance of our Ustazah,” she said, adding that she previously participated in Tausyeh and Murattal (melodious Quranic recitation) competitions.

Held in conjunction with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2016, the competition highlighted stories and teachings written in Al-Quran to discourage Muslims from using illegal drugs, in line with this year’s national theme ‘Al-Quran Benteng Ancaman Dadah’ (Al-Quran as the Fortress Against the Threats of Drugs).

In his speech, Acting Director of NCB Hj Md Jaffari Hj Mahadi said that the national theme is relevant in the context of today’s society in dealing with threats of various social issues such as substance abuse.

“Hence, this competition is not only for (the purpose of) listening to the qaris and qariahs reciting Quranic verses but also for us to understand the contents of lessons (found in) Al-Quran as a guide in life whilst making them (our) life practices and barriers against negative influences,” he said.

Permanent Secretary at MoRA, Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Mohd Yusof, the guest of honour, presented prizes and trophies to the winners.

Also present were Hj Muhd Suffian Hj Bungsu, the director of Radio Televisyen Brunei and Acting Director of JPI Hajijah Hj Moktal.

The Brunei Times