PUTRAJAYA – The government’s effort to produce Quranic community or community with the Quran mindset was a continuous agenda and not a mere rhetoric, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The deputy prime minister said the initiative began with the establishment of the Quran-based country policy which was then implemented at the state level through the state Islamic religious council, that among others aimed to boost the culture of Quran-loving community by organising the Quran recitation and memorisation event.
“The establishment of Islamic religious education centres such as tahfiz schools is proof of the government’s continued commitment in empowering the culture of loving the Quran among the people.
“We believe with the creation of community with the Quran mindset, they can act as a game changer that eventually will form the unity of the ummah among the various religious communities in the country,” he said in his speech at the closing of the 61st National Quran Recitation and Memorisation at the Putrajaya Islamic Complex, here tonight.
Also present were Ahmad Zahid’s wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis; Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and wife Datin Seri Fatmawati Saidin and Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) Director-General Tan Sri Othman Mustapha.
Ahmad Zahid said the success of organising the Quran recitation event that entered its 61st edition was also a proof of the government’s commitment to cultivate the community with the Quran mindset.
At the same event, Ahmad Zahid also launched the Smart Quran application, a smart cooperation between the Home Ministry, JAKIM and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
The application which can be downloaded for free through iOS and Android software, is also the first to be certified by the Home Ministry’s Al-Quran Printing Control and Licensing Board.
The application was developed with the aim of providing solutions to the issue of the existing applications of the Quran in the market that have not yet been revised and certified by the authorities in the country.
Meanwhile, qari (male reciter) from Kelantan Abdullah Fahmi Che Nor @ Shukri and qariah (female reciter) from Melaka, Suhailah Zulkifly were announced as the winners of the 61st National Quran Recitation and Memorisation, and took home RM25,000 cash, a trophy and a Proton Ertiga car each. – BERNAMA