KUALA LUMPUR: The World #QuranHour programme held at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) attracted some 3,000 participants from 50 countries.
Calling the programme a success, IIUM president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim expressed hope that it could be continued in other universities as well.
“If that happens in the future, it will be good progress.
“We also hope to see more participation from the younger generation and non-Malay Muslims in the country,” he told reporters after the event yesterday.
Dr Rais, who was among 23 main reciters chosen to lead the recitations, started by reciting the opening verses of the Quran.
The others included Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha and Quran recitation champions.
Also joining them were celebrities such as singers Mawi, Ameng Spring and Lah Ahmad, as well as actor Johan As’ari.
The large turnout filled up the university’s Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque here. The participants recited the Quran en masse for an hour after noon.
Dr Rais said the main aim of the programme was to encourage Muslims to translate the Quran into their daily lives and make it their guide.
“We also hope that this programme could help to foster more unity among Muslim leaders,” he added.
The World #QuranHour programme, which was held simultaneously nationwide and in about 50 other countries, including in Arafah, Mecca, was expected to draw a total of 100 million participants from around the world.
This year’s programme saw Surah Yasin being recited and explanations on the verses imparted to the crowd.
Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, founder of the Warisan Ummah Ikhlas Foundation which organised the event with IIUM, said the programme was aimed at urging Muslims to read, understand and practise the Quran.
While IIUM was the prime location for the programme, it also took place concurrently in 750 other locations nationwide.
Hussamuddin said many had adopted the programme and expanded it in their own countries and organisations.
Aug 31 was chosen as the date of the World #QuranHour programme because it coincided with the ninth day of Zulhijjah in the Islamic calendar, the day haj pilgrims perform the wukuf (grand assembly) in Arafah.
Later in the evening, the Merdeka #QuranHour was held at Dataran Merdeka in conjunction with the 60th National Day.
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