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KANGAR, April 7 -- The Quran Recital and Memorisation ceremony is not just an annual event, but it is held to educate and call on Muslims to appreciate the greatness of the Holy Book.
Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail said it was important for Muslims not only to read and memorise the Quran but they must also understand each of the words mentioned in it and put into practice each of those words in their daily lives.
"Those who make the effort to understand the content of the Quran are the people who really want to know the teachings of Islam,” he said at the closing of the state-level Quran Recital and Memorisation ceremony here tonight.
Also present were Raja Perempuan of Perlis Tuanku Tengku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid.
Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Lalilatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil as well as their daughter Puteri Sharifah Khatreena Nuraniah were also in attendance.
Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man, state exco members and Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin were also present.
The Ruler said the Quran is also the greatest antidote that gives comfort to those suffering from depression and restlessness.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Anas Abdul Hadi, 32, a lecturer of Usuludin at the Institute for Islamic Higher Education Perlis (IPTIP) emerged champion in the qari (male reciter) category at the Perlis state-level Quran Recital Competition tonight.
Nur Syafirah Jusoh, 34, a Quran teacher from Jejawi, Arau scored top marks in the qariah (female reciter) category.
Mohamad Anas said the travel restrictions due to COVID-19 did not stop him from improving his recitation through virtual learning.
“I sent my audio recitation of the Quran to my teachers in Malaysia and Jordan for their comments via WhatsApp.
"It was quite awkward in the beginning but finally I got used to it,” he told Bernama here tonight.
Nur Syafirah said she spent an hour a day to recite the verses with her teachers using zoom application.
The champion in each category received a cash prize of RM5,000 and gifts which were presented by the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.