Al-Quran reading competition semi-finals begins

|     Wani Roslan     |

THE first of the three-day National Adult Al-Quran Reading Competition semi-final began at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday.

A total of 25 participants competed in the morning and afternoon sessions yesterday.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Mosque Affairs Officer at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Haji Abdul Malik bin Haji Jumat.

This year will see 56 participating in the semi-finals. Of that figure, 26 were selected through the Al-Quran Reading Competition (District Level), while the remaining 30 were participants of last year’s Al-Quran Reading Competition (National Adult) semi-final.

The names of the winners of the semi-final will be announced on January 10 at the ICC.

The competition aims to encourage Qari and Qariah to improve their reading of Al-Quran and to gain the public interest in learning the proper techniques of Al-Quran reading.

The National Adult Al-Quran Reading competition is one of the annual projects of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Photos above and below show semi-finalists during the competition. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

A section of the attendees