KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) — The second day of the 60th International Quran Reciters Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre today saw the participation of 10 Quran reciters and 12 Quran memorisers.

In the Quran recitation category, the 10 participants were Salim Yusof from Cambodia; Lamija Alili (Croatia), Awang Muhd Fikri Awang Metussin (Brunei); Koltoum Zerrad (Morocco); Muhammad Syarafuddeen Mazlan Abdullah (Singapore); Muhammad Yusuf (United Kingdom); Li Jun (China), Mogamat Rayan Taliep (South Africa); Mukhammadyusuf Khomidov (Uzbekistan) and Khamissatudduha Abdul Wahab (Indonesia).

Khamissatudduha, 25, told reporters that she was very excited as it was the first time she was taking part in the assembly.

The Quranic student from the Banten Islamic Higher Education Institute, Indonesia, Khamissatudduha also said that her father, a Quran teacher, was her inspiration to join the assembly.

Another participant, Muhammad Syarafuddeen, 33, said the lack of teachers in his home country was not an obstacle for him to join the assembly this year.

“There are not many who teaches Quran in Singapore and most of us learn on our own initiative, but Alhamdulillah (praise to Allah), tonight I’m sure I have given my best in my recitation,” he said.

Meanwhile, 12 memorisers participated in the memorisation category today and one of them was Abdul Rahman Alshuwaie, 21, from Kuwait.

Talking to Bernama via an interpreter, Abdul Rahman, said he started memorising the Quran when he t 15 he took about two and a half years to memorise the 30 chapters of the Quran.

“What I did was to memorise one page of the Quran a day and repeated it the next day,” said the school teacher who hoped that his maiden participation in the assembly would be fruitful.

This year’s event that runs until May 12, involved the participation of 87 countries including Malaysia as the host country, with the addition of three new countries, namely, Benin, Niger and Republic of Macedonia.

The winners of the recitation category will receive gold bars worth RM70,000 from the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim), a trophy and cash of RM40,000 while for the memorisation category winners will take home Yapeim’s gold bars worth RM50,000, a trophy and RM25,000 cash each.

— BERNAMA

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