KUALA LUMPUR: The World #QuranHour programme held at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) was a huge success.
Some 3,000 participants from 50 countries filled up the mosque here to recite the Quran en masse for an hour starting at noon on Thursday.
This year's programme saw the Surah Yasin being recited and explanations on the verses imparted to the participants.
This was to encourage the understanding of its meaning, said IIUM president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.
"The most important thing is for Muslims to translate the Quran into their daily life and make it their guide," he told reporters after the event.
The programme, which was held simultaneously nationwide in more than 50 other countries, is expected to have attracted 100 million participants worldwide.
The Aug 31 date was chosen for the World #QuranHour programme as it coincided with ninth day of Zulhijjah in the Islamic calendar, the day when Haj pilgrims perform the wukuf (grand assembly) at Arafah in Makkah.
Meanwhile at 8.30pm Thursday, the Merdeka #QuranHour programme was held at Dataran Merdeka in conjunction with the 60th National Day.