Malaysia International Quran contest kicks off, Kuwait eyes top prize

Malaysia's Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh.

The 61st International Al­-Quran Recital and Memorization Assembly has commenced, bringing together 99 Quran reciters from 86 countries, including Kuwait.

Malaysia’s Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh inaugurated the five­ day event Monday evening at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). She welcomed participants and jury members and noted that this year’s edition is organized under the theme “Compassion for the Ummah Brings Mercy.

“It is translated through one’s actions and superior personality,” she said. Seven countries, namely Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Sweden, Norway and Austria, are partaking in the competition for the first time. Reciter Sultan Al-Sarram represents Kuwait in the contest.

Malaysia’s Quran competition is considered one of the oldest organized worldwide, Al­Sarram told KUNA, voicing hope he would deliver a splendid performance and achieve great results.

For his part, Sheikh Faisal Al­Enezi, head of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs’ delegation to the competition, told KUNA that the ministry attaches considerable attention to international Quran contests organized in many parts of the world.

He noted the ministry had a special department to prepare and qualify national reciters to partake in these important events. He expressed best wished for Al­-Sarram to better represent Kuwait and achieve the aspired results.