For more than a half century, Malaysia has been the host of world’s oldest Al Quran recital assembly, with the 2015 welcoming the 57th edition of the mega event, that have every year gathered internationally renown reciters to Kuala Lumpur.
Officially named the 57th International Al Quran Recital and Memorisation Assembly 1436H, the event is slated to return to Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) from 9 – 14 June 2015. An estimated total of 120 participants that include “hafiz”, “hafizah”, “qari”, “qariah”, judges and accompanying officers from all over the world will congregate and partake in a six-day festival of Al Quran recitation and memorisation.
The day will be dedicated to memorisation contest of 30 juz and comes night time, the air in PWTC will be filled with beautiful recitations of selected versus of Al Quran by participants from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iran and Iraq, just to name a few. From neighboring countries, reciters from Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and Thailand are also expected to make their appearance this year.
Preliminary selection stage is scheduled to kick start on 6 June 2015 and like the previous years, around 30-35 contestants will be shortlisted to compete in the Assembly with its finale on the last day when winners for all categories announced. For those emerging victorious, cash prizes and gold bars await.
This festival-like Assembly is one of the most important events on Malaysia’s Islamic tourism yearly calendar and is coincided with the celebration of the first day of Holy Ramadan on 18 June 2015. For some visitors, attending the Assembly is the best time to catch sights of Malaysia’s royal figures and prominent leaders.
For those planning to attend, no entry fee is required. Walk-ins will however be subjected to seat availability. Travel agents bringing group tourists are advised to contact the organiser, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) in advance, to secure seats.
For more information log on to the official website www.alquran.gov.my