24 vying for Qari and Qariah titles

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (2nd right) being welcomed upon arrival at the event.

A section of the crowd at the event. Photos: Andre Olivero

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Twenty-four finalists are vying for the Champion Qari and Champion Qariah titles in the State-level Quran Recital Competition being held at a Community Hall in Kota Samarahan near here from Monday until Friday.

The first two finalists in the Qari (men’s category) and Qariah (women’s category) kick started the competition during the officiating opening ceremony graced by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg last Monday night.

The first contestant in the Qari (Men) category of the State-level Quran Recital Competition.

Also present was the Chief Minister’s wife Datin Amar Dato Hajah Juma’ani Tunku Haji Bujang.

In his speech, Johari urged Muslims to continue to uphold Islamic teachings which are not only compulsory but also in their working environment, especially in leadership.

He added that it was a responsibility of every Muslim to enhance rapport with other multi-racial and multi-religious communities in the country.

“It is important to understand and respect one another to ensure the wellbeing of the people and racial harmony in the country prevails,” he said.

There are 12 Qari and 12 Qariah in the finals of the competition.

The champion Qari and Qariah will each receive RM7,000, a trophy, a certificate and an Umrah package.

The second place winner of both categories will each take home RM5,000, a trophy and a certificate while the third place winner of both categories will each walk away with RM3,000, a trophy and a certificate.

The consolation prize winner of both categories will each receive RM1,500 and a certificate.

The closing ceremony on 17 March will be graced by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajah Ragad Kurdi Taib.