The annual International Koran Reading Competition, opened in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (3 September), with a stern warning by the country's Prime Minister about the threat to Muslim solidarity.
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Background: The annual International Koran Reading Competition, opened in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (3 September), with a stern warning by the country's Prime Minister about the threat to Muslim solidarity.
SYNOPSIS: The competition, now in its eighteenth year, was opened by the Malaysian King, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Twenty-one participants from sixteen countries took part in the three day event. The competition is meant to highlight the importance of the Koran in Muslim life. It was a theme taken up by the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Hussein bin Onn when he addressed the gathering. He said Muslims should avoid making their own interpretation of the Koran or Islamic laws as this would jeopardise Muslim solidarity. He said there were people now trying to deviate the attention of Muslims. The Prime Minister urged Muslims to realise that any move which affected their solidarity and national unity would benefit the nation's enemies. Last year the Malaysian Prime Minister warned that Communists were attempting to besmirch the purity of the Koran and distort its teachings.
Later, the participants were presented to the Malaysian king. Muslims are encouraged to memorise passages from the Koran. Those who master the complete book are said to enter into some sort of communion with ultimate reality. Its at competitions like this where one's memory is put to the test.
But its no just a case of mechanically memorising the words. Its a very complex craft. This entrant from Pakistan will be judged on voice, intonation, diction, fluency, and the Tajwid, or rules of reciting.
The Jordanian contestant also gave a good account of himself.
The readings were preceded by the staging of a colourful pantomime of Islamic history.