48 make it to Quran contest semi-finals

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FORTY-EIGHT participants have made it to the semi-finals of this year’s National Quran Reading Competition for Adults.

From the total 91 quarter-finalists, comprising 68 qari and 23 qariah, 35 semi-finalists in the male category and 13 in the female category had been selected.

All semi-finalists that were selected were participants who obtained a mark of 80 per cent and above.

The quarter-finals which was held for four consecutive days ended yesterday with a ceremony announcing the semi-finalists that was held at the Kg Belimbing Mosque in Subok.

In his opening speech, Hj Idris Hj Aji, chairperson of the competition, said 43 articipants were selected from the zone or district levels nationwide this year.

“In the 57 years since this competition was established, we are happy to see that there are new participants every year and this year is no exception,” he said.

“The ages of participants in this quarter-finals also showed a vast diversity with the youngest participant being 18 years old and the oldest 65 years old,” he said.

Present as the guest of honour was Deputy Minister of Development Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi Hj Gapar who presented souvenirs and certificates of appreciation to the participants of the quarter-finals.

Also in attendance were Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Mohd Yusof and deputy permanent secretaries, Hj Harun Hj Junid and Roselan Hj Taja’ah.

The semi-finals for the National Quran Reading Competition for Adults will be held in November. — Wail Wardi Wasil

The Brunei Times