9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition Day 1

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al- Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office in a sabda says practising the policies and teachings of Al-Quran is an element that will continue to ensure mutual peace, happiness and prosperity. Hence, His Royal Highness in the sabda expresses the hope that the Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition will continue to be upgraded to get more Southeast Asian Muslim youth closer to Al-Quran. His Royal Highness made the sabda while officiating the 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition. The 3-night event began last night at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. Also gracing the event were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs as the Co-Chairmen of the 9th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition for 1441 Hijrah/2019 Executive Committee, and Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

The event began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in the welcoming address said this year's encouraging participation clearly shows the high commitment of Southeast Asian nations to contribute energy in the beneficial event and that regional solidarity can become closer through religious activities. Yang Berhormat added with religious activities such as this which was inspired by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, relations among Muslims will be further strengthened.

In the sabda, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince emphasises that the youth play a major role in shaping the region's future progress in the face of various challenges brought by globalisation, including the sophisticated current information technology.

11 male readers and a similar number of female readers take part in the competition. Six of them performed last night. They were male readers from Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines and female readers from Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The male and female winners of this competition will each receive His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Trophy and five thousand dollars.

During the event, His Royal Highness also signed a commemorative parchment and received a pesambah. The Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition continues tonight with 16 participants presenting their Quran reading. The presence of His Royal Highness at the event shows the deep commitment and interest in Al-Quran as guidance in elevating Islamic values among the youth. The event continues tomorrow night with the prize presentation.

Source: Radio Television Brunei