Their Majesties the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the Supreme Queen) of Malaysia, Tuanku Hajah Haminah graced the 54th International Tilawah Al-Quran held at Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. 62 competitors from all over the world participate in this year Tilawah. This year ceremony also witnessed the first ever participation from three countries, Belgium, Ghana and Tanzania.
Kelantan's born Muhammad Annuar Ghazali, 36, emerges as the winner of the 54th International Tilawah Al-Quran in Qari category. He who recites the Surah Al-Hud gains 95.33% defeating the runner up, Amin Pouya from Iran who gains 91.67%. The third place is Raden Harmoko Baharudin from Indonesia who gains 90.16% marks.
In the Qariah category, Moroccan Hasnae Khoulali,19, emerged as a winner with 94% marks, the same with the second and third place. The recitation of the Al-Quran is the key of securing her in the first place. The second place is Rahmawati Bakri Hunawa from Indonesia and in the third place is Che Aminah Che Awang from Malaysia.
The prize of the first place from both categories were presented by His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah in a form of cash prize RM40,000 with trophy, souvenir and certificate. The second prize received a cash prize of RM30,000 and the third place received RM20,000. Also present in the Tilawah Al-Quran was the Chairman of the Tilawah, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.
picture from Bernama