Winners crowned in Quran contest

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NUR Afifah Hj Zaini and Mohd Wafii Syafiq Hj Mosliadi were yesterday crowned champions in their respective categories at the 27th National Al-Quran Memorisation Competition for Primary Schools.

The competition was held at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Primary School.

Representing Dato Ratna HMJ Primary School, Nur Afifah scored an overall mark of 95 per cent while Mohd Wafii from the host school earned 92 per cent, defeating eight other finalists in the female and male category respectively.

Alimas Hj Md Ali, the acting principal of YSHHB Primary School, in his capacity as the event’s co-chairman highlighted that such competitions are crucial in further incorporating Islamic values in the education system or schooling to nurture a generation of righteous and commendable youth.

“Especially in this modern and innovative era, a world without boundaries, the widespread and limitless influence of social media at any time can easily affect our students,” he said in his remarks.

Finishing second and third in the female category were Nur Ameerah Aleesya Roshahlehzam from Sinaut Primary School and Iman Al Humaira Hj Emran Ahmad Abdus-Salam from Al-Falaah School with scores of 94 per cent and 93 per cent.

Muhd Bazli Taib Mahmud from St Andrew’s School scored 91 per cent, placing him as the first runner-up, while Ak Md Aqiel Fauzan Pg Hj Ismail of Tungku Primary School was second runner-up with 90 per cent.

In attendance as the guest of honour was YSHHB’s Managing Director, Hj Ibrahim Hj Ismail, who presented prizes to the winners and finalists in the competition.

Hj Ibrahim said the competition acts as a good platform for encouraging children to learn the sacred book but noted that the practice of reading Al-Quran must be instilled earlier at home.

“Parents have a huge responsibility to ensure that their children are properly developed and groomed to be good Muslims,” he said on the sidelines of the competition.

The Brunei Times