BENTONG, Malaysia (AFP) – Dressed in robes and chanting in Arabic, scores of Malaysian Muslim children read the Quran aloud in a mosque to mark a special date in the Islamic calendar.
About 80 people, mostly Islamic school students, gathered near the town of Bentong to observe Nuzul Al-Quran when the beginnings of the Al-Quran were revealed to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
The date falls during the holy month of Ramadhan, when followers of Islam fast from dawn to dusk.
“The word ‘Nuzul’ means ‘to come down’,” said the students’ teacher and principal Roslan Mohamad Esa as he led them in reciting on Wednesday.
“Our Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) received the Quran, Allah the Almighty sent down the Quran… to the Earth.”
Student Nurul Atikah Syazwani Risyadi added, “The day of Nuzul Al-Quran is an important day where it shows that we are confident in the revelation of the Al-Quran.”
It is celebrated in Malaysia on the 17th day of Ramadhan, the anniversary of a date in the seventh century when the Angel Jibril appeared to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) in a cave near Makkah and started revealing the Al-Quran to him.
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) continued to have revelations over a period of more than 20 years.