16 participants at second day of youth Al-Quran reading contest

Aziz Idris

The 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition for 1441 Hijrah/2019 continued last night for the second day where 16 more participants recited verses from Al-Quran including national Qari Abdull Mu’in bin Haji Abdul Hamid and Qariah Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki.

Present were Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition for 1441 Hijrah/2019 Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin alongside Cabinet ministers, members from Diplomatic Corps, distinguished guests, committee members and members from the public.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Hamidon bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Hamid.

A total of 11 Qaris and 11 Qariahs aged 15-30 are participating in this year’s competition from ASEAN member countries, including Timor Leste.

The first competition was held in 2000. A Tausyeh performance by Al-Jauhar youth group from Kampong Lambak Mosque enlivened the ceremony.

Minister of Culture Youth and Sports and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition 2019 Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin with Cabinet ministers at the event. PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS
ABOVE & BELOW: National Qari, Abdull Muin bin Haji Abdul Hamid and Qariah Dayangku Siti Ummi Syazana binti Pengiran Haji Marjuki

The first night saw six participants presenting their readings which included representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

The Qari and Qariah who emerge champion of the biennial competition will receive the Challenge Trophy awarded by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam along with a cash prize of BND5,000.

The trophy is in the form of Al-Quran made of crystal and stands on a local ‘meraka’ wooden structure.

The shape of the two hands is inspired by the shape of ‘Kimhap’ or ‘Tongkat Ajai’. The shape of the two hands symbolises the commitment of youth in the reading and understanding of the contents and teachings of Al-Quran.

The trophy was designed by Pengiran Haji Hashim bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Jadid.

The competition is part of efforts to provide exposure to Southeast Asian Muslim youth to be more confident in participating in such competitions at international level or any competitions that are more challenging.

Tonight is the culmination of the competition with a prize presentation ceremony.