PUTRAJAYA: Thousands of Muslims assembled at 1,660 locations to recite the Quran in a nationwide campaign to promote the teachings of the holy book.
The main event of the Malaysia #QuranHour yesterday was held at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque here where about 5,000 Muslims gathered to recite verses from the Quran.
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak graced the event.
Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha.
One of the highlights at the hour-long event was the recitation of Quranic verses by 24 selected participants.
They included Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, who recited the Surah Al-Zalzalah, and actor Datuk Rosyam Nor who read Surah Al-Aadiyaat.
Entering its third edition, this year’s Malaysia #QuranHour is themed “A Nation of Compassion”.
Warisan Ummah Ikhlas Foundation chief executive officer Marhaini Yusoff said this year’s event was the biggest organised.
“We hope that people will always have compassion and show it in their daily routines,’’ Marhaini told reporters.
In Kota Baru, the recital programme also attracted Muslim converts.
Persatuan Cina Muslim Malaysia Kelantan chairman Johari Yap Abdullah said more than 100 participants turned up at the association’s office.
“The programme is in line with our objective to encourage members to refer to the Quran for guidance,” he said.
Imam Khairul Ehsan Abdullah led the recital programme.