CATEGORIES’ BEST: Winners will compete in the International Tilawah Al-Quran
JOHOR BARU: KELANTANESE reciter Muhammad Anuar Ghazali was named winner in the Qari (male reciter) category for the 55th National Tilawah Al-Quran competition here recently.
The 36-year-old religious teacher walked away with the RM15,000 top prize, trophy and package to perform the haj, souvenir and certificate of participation.
He beat 13 other male reciters to bag the prize. A total of 27 reciters, including 13 women, took part in this year's competition.
Meanwhile, Quran teacher Che Aminah Che Awang, 57, from the Federal Territory was named best Qariah (female reciter) and walked away with the same amount of money and other prizes.
The prizes were presented by the sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, during the closing of the five-day competition at the Persada International Convention Centre here.
Also present were the sultan's consort, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail, Tunku Temenggong Tunku Idris, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and state exco members.
The first and second runners-up for the male reciters went to Zul Hasyimi Mohamed Yunus (Pahang) and Mohamad Raffe Ghalil Abbas (Sabah), respectively.
The first and second runners-up in the female reciter category went to Nur Faten Izzati Rablin (Sabah)and Marzian Mohd Deli (Kedah), respectively.
The winners of this competition will represent the country in the International Tilawah Al-Quran competition which is expected to be held in Kuala Lumpur next month.
The event was organised by the Islamic Development Department in collaboration with the state government.
Meanwhile, when met after the closing ceremony, Muhammad Anuar said he was looking forward to using the haj package to perform the religious obligation for the first time.
"I plan to share the prize money with my parents. As for myself, I am focused on representing the country for the international Tilawah Al Quran event next month," said Muhammad Anuar.
Che Aminah said she was grateful for the victory, and looked forward to perform the haj for a second time.
"The pressure is on for me to train for the international Tilawah Al Quran. I am going to keep training myself on Tajwid (Arabic grammar and pronunciation) and will strive to make my country proud," she said.