The finals of the National Level Al-Quran Memorisation and Its Understanding Competition for 1441 Hijrah was carried out over two days, May 5-6, at the Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Hall.
In adherence to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health (MoH) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the competition was held in the presence of a small audience.
Chairman of the judges Pengiran Haji Haslin bin Pengiran Haji Ali, in his briefings, said the judges were very satisfied with this year’s competition in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
“This goes to show that the participants were dedicated to the memorisation of Al-Quran. Therefore, I hope that the country will always be blessed by Allah the Almighty with all these Huffaz,” he said.
The event attracted some 352 participants in five categories.
In Category A, participants aged 13 and below were required to memorise Surah-Surah Pilihan from 30 Juzuks, including Surah Al-Muthaffiffin, Surah Al-Insyiqaaq, Surah Al-Buruuj, Surah Ath-Taariq, Surah Al-A’laa, Surah Al-Ghaasyiyah, Surah Al-Fajr, Surah Al-Balad, Surah Asy-Syams and Surah Al-Lail. In this category, participants also needed to memorise the compilation of Surah-Surah Lazim starting from Surah Adh-Dhuhaa until Surah An-Naas and the understanding of Surah An-Naba’, Surah An-Nazi’at, Surah Abasa, Surah At-Takwir and Surah Al-Infithar.
In Category B, participants aged 14 and above had to memorise Surah Al-Kahfi, Surah Luqman, Surah As-Sajdah, Surah Ar-Rahmaan, Surah Al-Waqi’ah, Surah Al-Mulk, Surah Al-Insaan, Surah Yaasiin and Surah Jiin along with the understanding of Surah Al-Jumu’ah and Surah An-Nuur.
In Category C, participants were required to memorise three Juzuks of Al-Quran – from Juzuk 1 to Juzuk 3 – and the understanding of Surah An-Nisaa’. Category D featured the memorisation of 15 Juzuks of Al-Quran – Juzuk 1 to Juzuk 15 – and the understanding of Surah Maryam and Surah Thaha. Category E required participants to memorise 30 Juzuks of Al-Quran and the understanding of Surah Asy-Syura, Surah Az-Zukhruf, Surah Ad-Dukhan and Surah Al-Jatsiah. All three categories were open to all ages.
The winner in Category A was Nur’Aliyah Amani binti Muhammad Al-Ameen with a score of 97.43 per cent. In second and third places were Amal ‘Aziah binti Muhammad Saiful Ashreen with a score of 96.9 per cent and Abdul Hadi Muaiyyad bin Haji Azrol with a score of 96.64 per cent. Consolation prizes went to Iman binti Haji Muhammad Fahmi and Aisyah Syamila binti Dr Haji Gamal Abdul Nasir.
The winner in Category B was Najla Sabreena binti Haji Abdul Rajid with a score of 93.86 per cent. The first and second runners-up were Siti Nur Darwisyah binti Sabli with a score of 91 per cent and Amir Sabrin bin Hasmiron with a score of 90.64 per cent. Mohamad Nur Raziqqien bin Abu Bakar and Amin bin Zainuddin came in fourth and fifth places.
Mohammad Syabil bin Shahram took the top spot in Category C with a score of 98.5 per cent, followed by Nur Najihah binti Alias with a score of 98.24 per cent and Siti Asyiqin binti Asmalee with a score of 96.21 per cent. In fourth and fifth places were Nur Heesa Mahrunnisaa binti Bambang Isyanto and Mohammad Azimin @ Abdul Basit bin Rajid.
The winner of Category D was Dayangku Nurfaiezah binti Pengiran Haji Kamaluddin with a score of 96.05 per cent. The first and second runners-up were Muhammad Azib bin Muhammad Azim with a score of 95.84 per cent and Haji Muhammad Bazli Ra’if bin Haji Zulkifli with a score of 94.73 per cent. In fourth and fifth places were Nor Asilah binti Haji Putting and Mohd Asmawi bin Haji Abu Bakar.
Abdul Aziz bin Noor Nasran took the top spot in Category E with a score of 99.36 per cent, followed by Muhammad Abu Hurairah bin Ariffin with a score of 97.34 per cent and Aqilah binti Haji Ayop with a score of 96.34 per cent. In fourth and fifth places were Muhammad Hisyamuddin bin Haji Mahadini and Dayangku Nur Fatin Wahidah binti Pengiran Muhammad Sallehin.