A night filled with spir­i­tual ac­tiv­i­ties

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The #MerdekaQu­ranHour pro­gramme, to be held at Dataran Merdeka, will be filled with spir­i­tual and soul­cleans­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­tiv­i­ties lined up for the Aug 31 pro­gramme in­clude the “Gema Wahyu”, where lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional qari (male Qu­ran re­citers) will re­cite the Qu­ran and its trans­la­tion to give an in-depth un­der­stand­ing on the val­ues of the holy book.

Gema Wahyu mod­ule ad­viser, Us­taz Tarmizi Abdul Rahman, said the night would be in­fused with “taranum” recitals (melodic recitals of Qu­ranic verses) by In­ter­na­tional Ti­lawah Al Qu­ran cham­pion Us­taz Amir Rahman, and the win­ner of the Ke­lan­tan Ti­lawah Al Qu­ran com­pe­ti­tion, Muham­mad Qayyim Nizar Sarimi, who is vis­ually-im­paired.

“An in­ter­na­tional qari from Sin­ga­pore, Us­taz Muham­mad Zahil Zakaria, will also show­case his tal­ent in taranum. The public can gain an in­sight from ex­pe­ri­ences by lo­cal celebri­ties on their jour­ney to be closer with Qu­ran,” he said.

Tarmizi said lo­cal celebri­ties at­tend­ing the pro­gramme in­clude Ameng Spring, Shamsul Ghau Ghau, Raqib Ma­jid and Jo­han A’saari.

Ameng, whose real name is Wan Amin­ud­din Wan Is­mail, said he would be glad to share his ex­pe­ri­ence in learn­ing the Qu­ran while he was in prison.

“Dur­ing my time be­hind bars, I felt an empti­ness in my heart and I was yearn­ing to find some­thing that would make me feel whole.

“That was when I found com­pan­ion­ship in the Qu­ran.

“I learnt to read Ara­bic in the classes that they of­fered in prison. Now, I have com­pleted read­ing the Qu­ran many times,” he said, adding that he had be­came a more pos­i­tive per­son since be­ing re­leased from prison.

Ameng was im­pris­oned in 2011 and re­leased last year for drug pos­ses­sion.

Tarmizi also said at least 5,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the pro­gramme dur­ing the night. Mean­while, Warisan Ummah Ikhlas Foun­da­tion said, up till now, 28 coun­tries have pledged their sup­port for #WorldQu­ranHour.

These in­clude Pales­tine, Turkey, United King­dom, France, Hol­land, South Africa, Morocco, Aus­tralia, Le­banon, Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Nige­ria, United States, Nepal, In­dia, Afghanistan, Syria, Jor­dan, Laos, Myan­mar, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, In­done­sia, Sin­ga­pore, the Philip­pines, Cam­bo­dia and Thai­land.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said #WorldQu­ranHour would also be held at 12 of its of­fices abroad, namely in the United King­dom and Ire­land, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Egypt, the United States, Jor­dan, In­done­sia, United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), China and Viet­nam.

Us­taz Tarmizi Abdul Rahman

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