By Farhana Syed Nokman
Serdang, Malaysia: Despite many religious activities being organised to bring Muslims closer to the holy Quran, such efforts are often being taken for granted.
In saying this, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Islamic Centre director Mat Razi Abdullah added that Muslims were “wandering aimlessly” when it came to understanding Islam.
“There are many opportunities such as free classes for Muslims to learn about the Quran, but many of them do not make use of the chance.
“Hopefully, when we support the World #QuranHour campaign at our university this upcoming Aug 31st, it will cultivate the culture of reading the Quran,” he told reporters at a press conference held at UPM’s Islamic Centre here, today.
Mat Razi said during the World #QuranHour campaign, which will be held at UPM’s mosque at 9.45am, a total of 29 qari (reciters) will recite verses one until 29 from the Quran for one hour.
“After that, the public is welcome to join us to recite verse 30 together.
“The morning will be graced with a religious talk titled ‘Quran Penunjuk Sepanjang Zaman’ by Ustaz Zamri Zainuldin.
“We are expecting more than 300 people to join us. Many of them are UPM students, the mosque committee members, residents who live nearby and many more.
“Foreign students from 27 countries are also expected to come as we have disseminated information on this programme to everyone.”
He also said he hoped such programmes could bring back those who had diverted from Islamic teachings.
“With many challenges in the world now, this is one of the efforts to bring us back to Quran and live our life based on Quranic teachings,” he said.
The World #QuranHour will be held in conjunction with the wuquf in Arafah, Mecca on the 9th day of Zulhijjah of the Islamic calendar, which coincidently falls on the same day as Merdeka on Aug 31.
For one hour, Quran recitations will be held to encourage reading, understanding and discussions of the holy scripture.
(Courtesy: New Strait Times)