361 pupils complete Quran reading programme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HUNDREDS of pupils from 14 religious schools completed reading one chapter of the Quran every week for 210 days.

A Khatam Al-Quran ceremony was held yesterday for the 361 pupils in Brunei II Zone who completed the One Week, One Juzuk Programme that was launched earlier this year.

A total of 6,508 pre-school to primary six pupils nationwide had enrolled in the programme introduced by the Department of Islamic Studies.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Khatam Al-Quran ceremony, Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman said he hoped the culture of Quran reading will continue to be practised among Muslims, particularly the younger generation.

“Our younger generation will be the next leaders for Brunei and they need to have religious values within themselves to maintain what we have today,” he said.

He said students’ daily schedule is packed with academic studies in the morning and afternoon every day.

“This is in addition to their extra-curriculum activities (ECA) that limit them to focus on religious obligations or studies, be it praying or Quran reading.

“Besides encouraging them to read the Quran, this programme trains the students to conduct daily religious activities,” YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Badaruddin added.

The minister said he hoped the programme, which will be conducted every year, will have a positive impact on pupils in the long run by helping them understand the importance of Quran reading in their daily lives.

The programme, which has been implemented in 143 religious schools throughout the country, aims to improve the quality of Quran reading among the younger generation, particularly those under the age of 10.

Throughout the programme, the pupils were guided individually by their main class teacher and a Quran teacher with daily meet-ups after school.

Yesterday’s Khatam-Al-Quran ceremony took place at the International Convention Centre.

The Brunei Times