Malaysia needs to cooperate with other countries to improve Al-Quran knowledge – Sheikh Ali

Malaysia needs to cooperate with other countries to improve Al-Quran knowledge – Sheikh Ali

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can cooperate with other Muslim countries in improving the knowledge of the Quran, said one of the judges of the 62nd International Quran Recitation and Memorization Council (MTHQA) yesterday.

Sheikh Dr Mohamed Ali Atafay said Muslims in Malaysia can study ‘manhaj’ or the methodology of memorizing the holy book which is used in other Muslim countries to improve mastery of the knowledge.

He expressed his amazement when he learned that the knowledge of memorizing the Qur’an is so close to the hearts of Muslims in this country because it is practiced from a young age.

“Even when I meet people in this country, they know that I am in Malaysia to be a MTHQA judge, I rarely see this kind of welcome in other countries,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center last night.

Sheikh Mohamed Ali, who is from Morocco, said a total of 36 reciters from around the world have been selected to participate in the MTHQA competition this year.

He said that among the main criteria that were focused on was mastery of tajwid, fluency in reciting verses, maqamat or taranum as well as the melodious tone of voice featured by the participants.

“Usually those who win competitions in Malaysia have great potential to win other competitions because Malaysia has been organizing this competition for a long time and I am sure the judges are also very experienced in their respective fields of specialization such as taranum, tajwid and qiraat.

“I hope that Malaysia can continue organizing so that this country is protected from any form of threats and conspiracies in addition to producing more hufaz who will be the cover in the future,” he said.

Dr Maria Ulfa, who is the first woman to become an MTHQA judge, also praised Malaysia’s openness in selecting the panel to adjudicate the match.

She said the involvement of two female judges including the Director General of the Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) Datuk Hakimah Mohd Yusoff shows that Malaysia practices gender equality which should be emulated.

“In the past, although there were many female contestants, there were no female judges. This proves that Malaysia has moved forward as a country,” she said, who won the MTHQA in 1980.

MTHQA 2022 is about to draw the curtain today and the public who want to watch the competition are invited to be physically present at the Plenum Hall, KLCC or watch the live broadcast via RTM TV1 and JAKIM’s social media.

source – BERNAMA

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