UNISSA tops al-Quran competition

Minister of Development Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi (R) delivers his speech at the UNISSA Musabaqah Tilawah al-Quran competition for higher educational institutions at the International Convention Centre, Berakas, as Pg Anak Dr Amiruddin Alam Shah Pg Anak Hj Ismail (L), acting UNISSA's rector in his capacity as the deputy chairman for the event steering committee, looks on yesterday. Picture: BT/Rasidah Bakar

UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) qari and qariah placed first in the Islamic university's first musabaqah which tested participants' tilawah Al-Quran (Quran reading skills), hafazan (memorisation) and tafsiran (explaination).

Fourteen Quran readers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand competed in the UNISSA's Musabaqah Tilawah al-Quran, Hafazan and Tafsiran competition for higher educational institutions.

UNISSA was represented by four of its Quran readers at the musabaqah.

The participating universities include Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB), Indonesia's Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Sultan Amai Gorontalo, Singapore's Institut Pengajian Tinggi al-Zuhri, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and Universiti Islam Yala Thailand.

Mohd Noor Hj Ibrahim, a final year BA in Arabic Language student scored 84.66 per cent topping seven other participants in the qari category from higher educational institutions from the region.

Nurasma Bazilah Mohd Salleh was awarded 86.72 per cent, placing first.

For the male category, Indonesia's Sirajuddin Lahas placed second with 81.8 per cent. Sirajuddin and his female counterpart (qariah) was a last minute entry to the musabaqah from Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN), Sultan Amai Gorontalo.

Sirajuddin was accompanied by another student, Dhohwa Fatra Durrotun, who competed in the qariah category. The Indonesian representatives placed in the top three.

Third place went Ahmad Naim Mohd@Mat Isa from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Ahmad Naim scored 79.4 per cent

For the qariah category, second place went to Adawiyah Ahmad Din. The 22-year-old is a student at Singapore's Institut Pengajian Tinggi al-Zuhri student under the Diploma of Islamic Education.

The qariah from the Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Sultan Amai Gorontalo, Indonesia, Dhohwa Fatra Durrotun scored 71.86 per cent placing her third.

The musabaqah took place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) and was held in conjunction with UNISSA's fifth anniversary.

The competition invited participation from regional higher educational institutes to enliven the celebration and instil the love for Al-Quran.

Among the objectives were to produce quality qari and qariah from higher educational institutions.

This was one of the ways to deepen one's knowledge in Quran, in the aspects of recitation, hafazan and understanding (its contents) through its tafsiran.

The musabaqah also aimed at realising UNISSA's vision in upholding Al-Quran as the basis for a genuine international Islamic university, that is progressive and dynamic based on Al-Quran and Al-Sunnah.

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, was guest of honour in the morning session, while Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman presented the prizes to the winners.

The chairman of the judging panel, Hj Abdul Rajid Hj Mohd Salleh, said overall the participants were prepared but their focus was not balance between three aspects needed in the competition: tilawah, hafazan and tafsiran.

The musabaqah was judged by 11 judges, responsible for judging the participants' Tajweed (the knowledge and application of the rules of recitation), hafazan and Fasahah (articulacy). Tajweed and hafazan were allocated 40 marks each, while tafsiran was worth 20 marks.

As a result, the participants tended to excel more in aspects of tilawah compared to hafazan and tafsiran. None of the participants showed the capabilities required in all aspects of the musabaqah, he added.

UNISSA first organised a Musabaqah Tilawah Al-Quran in 2008 for its first anniversary. However, this was the first musabaqah that contested tilawah Al-Quran with hafazan and tafsiran as well as extending its invitation to higher educational institutions outside of Brunei. The Brunei Times

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