A 20-year-old student of Daarul Abrar Islamic Academy, Benin City, Mu’awiya Abdulrahman on Saturday emerged the overall best reciter at the 2nd National Quranic Recitation Competition organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC).
Abdulrahman coast home, a mouth savouring prize of Hajj ticket for 2019 Holy Pilgrimage, three wrist-watch from “Aago” Watch firm and a cash of N5,000.
The second best reciter, Ustadh Uthman Idris from Lagos State also received the prize of a ticket to perform Umrah in 2019 to be sponsored by Captain Abdulkeel Adeoye, who is the co-chairman of the occasion. He received one wrist-watch and N5,000 cash.
The third prize was won by Abdul Basit Abdul-Lateef from Kwara State, who also received a laptop, one wrist-watch and N5,000 cash while four other contestants equally went home with consolation prizes.
The panel of judges for the Quranic recitation, headed by Imam Abdulazeez Ariremako, announced the results of the competition.
IMAM ARIREMAKO, ANNOUNCING RESULTS OF THE QURANIC RECITATIOn COMPETITION
Earlier, the Amir (President) of the TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem said the Congress organised the National Quranic Competition with the objective of reviving the dying culture of Quranic recitation among the Muslim communities.
“We have organised this particular Quranic competition because of five “Rs”. The first one is to re-establish the culture of Qur’an, which is dying………
DR LUQMAN ABDURRAHEEM ON WHY TMC ORGANISED THE COMPETITION
AbdurRaheem appealed to those at the occasion to go back home to replicate and revive, in their respective families, the culture of reciting Qur’an at all times.
Also speaking, Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, remarked that in Nigeria, the level of morality was at the lowest ebb.
“One of the ways of reminding us of the virtues of the Holy Qur’an is by encouraging the recitation of the Qur’an,” the commissioner, who also donated the Hajj ticket to the best reciter from the competition, said.
REMARKS BY DR ABDULHAKEEM ABDUL-LATEEF
The Renaissance reports that the recitation competition, held at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos on Saturday was attended by over 5,000 Muslims, including top government functionaries, captains of industries and Islamic scholars from Niger, Edo, Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Kwara and Oyo States.
By Oluwashina Iyanda