The National Al-Quran Reading Competition for Youth for 1443 Hijrah finals saw Haji Hazwan bin Haji Salim and Najla’ Sabreena binti Haji Abdul Rajid being crowned top qari and qariah on Thursday night. The event was held at the National Archives building.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad cum guest of honour pointed out, “As Muslims, not only are we expected to be literate in reciting Al-Quran, but we must also understand and practise the teachings in our daily lives.
“Only by appreciating and practising the teachings of Al-Quran can we produce a nation of noble characters. This is important especially in producing a generation of quality youth who are able to shape and accelerate the national socio-economic development, centred around Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).
“Globalisation has brought with it several challenges. Facing it requires preparation. Muslims will only be able to overcome the negative effects of globalisation with the strength of faith, morals and Syariah,” he said.
Meanwhile, Acting Director of Youth and Sports Haji Mohammad Rosfazillah bin Haji Yusly said the competition aims to produce high- calibre qari and qariah to represent the Sultanate at a higher level of competition.
“The competition also served as a medium to encourage youth to enhance their performance and quality of recitation. This indirectly encourages them to further understand, appreciate and practise the content of Al-Quran,” he said. “At the same time, it allows for the forging of closer ties among youth.”
Ranking in second and third places were Abdul Haziq Syarafuddin bin Abdul Habib and Ahmad Termizie bin Ahmad Baihakie in the male category, and Nur Amal Atiqah @ Aida binti Haji Sudirman and Dayangku Fauziah Nadhirah binti Pengiran Haji Jofri in the female category.
The ceremony also witnessed an Al-Quran recitation by qariah champion of the 9th Southeast Asian Al-Quran Reading Competition for Youth for 1441 Hijrah, before the announcement of winners by Chairman of the Board of Judges Haji Mohd Sujairi bin Haji Dollah.
The champions received BND2,000 each, while BND1,500 and BND1,000 were awarded to the first and second runner-ups. All other participants were awarded BND500. Trophies and certificates were also handed out
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Tashim bin Pengiran Haji Hassan as well as permanent and deputy permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports also attended.