Ac­tor to again pro­mote read Qu­ran cam­paign

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SHAH ALAM: Af­ter walk­ing for over 47km to pro­mote the World#Qu­ranHour cam­paign last Septem­ber, Datuk Rosyam Nor plans to do it again this year.

This time, the ac­tor planned to beat his record by walk­ing a longer dis­tance to urge to Mus­lims to read the Qu­ran daily.

Rosyam, who is the cam­paign am­bas­sador, said he wanted to in­crease the aware­ness among Mus­lims on the im­por­tance of learn­ing to read and un­der­stand the holy book.

He said no Mus­lims should be ashamed to ad­mit if they don’t know how to read the book and that they should start learn­ing it.

Rosyam said he only started to learn how to read the Qu­ran fol­low­ing his fa­ther's death eight years ago.

“It was when my fa­ther died that it came to me that I should learn how to read the Qu­ran.

“Be­cause when his life­less body was ly­ing in front of me, I could not read the verses be­cause I did not know how to. I was 42 then.

“I started learn­ing from a teacher three years later, and al­ham­dulil­lah (praise be to God) , I khatam (com­pleted) the en­tire 30 verses in Jan­uary last year. I also man­aged to khatam Qu­ran again, this time in Mecca.

“If I could ad­mit that I did not know how to read Qu­ran and de­cided to start learn­ing, I be­lieve no one should be ashamed to ad­mit it and do the same,” he told ed­i­tors of me­dia agen­cies at Karangkraf of­fice in Sec­tion 15, here yes­ter­day.

Rosyam was at­tend­ing the roundtable brief­ing and meet­ing on #Qu­ranHour cam­paign, which is co-or­gan­ised by Warisan Ummah Ikhlas Foun­da­tion and 10 me­dia agen­cies, in­clud­ing The New Straits Times Press Bhd, Me­dia Prima Bhd tele­vi­sion sta­tions, RTM, Astro, Ber­nama and Karangkraf.

The me­dia com­pa­nies came to­gether for the sec­ond time af­ter or­gan­is­ing the same cam­paign last year, which saw its peak pro­gramme World#Qu­ranHour held at the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity's Sul­tan Haji Ah­mad Shah Mosque (SHAS) in Gom­bak.

The #Qu­ranHour cam­paign this year is di­vided into three ma­jor pro­grammes; namely My#Qu­ranHour, which is aimed at pro­mot­ing Mus­lims to read the Qu­ran an hour daily through­out the year; Malaysia#Qu­ranHour and World#Qu­ranHour.

Malaysia#Qu­ranHour will be held at the Tuanku Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya on the 24th day of Ra­madan this year, start­ing at noon.

Themed “Bangsa Ber­budi dan Penyayang”, it is ex­pected to at­tract par­tic­i­pa­tion of mil­lions of Mus­lims to read the Qu­ran.

The World#Qu­ranHour will be held at SHAS mosque from 12pm to 1pm on Aug 31 (9 Zul­hi­j­jah).

PIC BY ROSLIN MAT TAHIR

Ac­tor Datuk Rosyam Nor (front row, sixth from right) and Karangkraf chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Hus­samud­din Yaacub (front row, fifth from right) with me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives hold­ing plac­ards sup­port­ing the World#Qu­ranHour cam­paign in Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

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