KUALA LUMPUR – Mosques and surau across the country once again echo with the recitations of the holy verses of the Quran in conjunction with the Malaysia #QuranHour programme today, even though the country is still under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
The sixth Malaysia #QuranHour event, in conjunction with the 63rd National Day celebration this year, was also conducted in a new normal state by complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in an effort to break the COVID-19 pandemic chain.
Malaysia #QuranHour 1442H/2020, with the theme ‘Malaysia Harmony: Build 12 Ibadurrahman Personalities’, was held simultaneously throughout the country and also took place abroad, from 12 noon to 1 pm this evening.
In Kelantan, 250 people wore face masks, maintained physical distancing and had their temperatures checked before they were allowed to enter the Al-Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque, Kubang Kerian.
Persatuan Rumah Ngaji Negeri Kelantan (PRNNK) chairman Datuk Adnan Hashim said the programme began with the recitation of the Quran with surah Al-Fatihah, Al-Furqan and Ar-Rahman as well as tadabbur.
“The peeling off the meaning in the surahs reminds us that Allah is the creator and we are his servants … Ar-Rahman is symbolic of the nature of Allah who is loving, generous and it is more related to the noble name from Allah to his servants,” he said.
In Perak, 40 people participated in the programme held at the ‘Rumah Ngaji Komuniti’ in Teluk Muroh, Lumut by also complying with SOPs including wearing face masks and they also did not miss flying the Jalur Gemilang after the ceremony to inspire patriotic spirit in conjunction with the 63rd National Day, tomorrow .
The owner of Rumah Ngaji Komuniti Datin Maziah Rafie said she had to reject applications from several individuals who also wanted to participate in the programme as they had to comply with the SOP.
“Alhamdulillah, we managed to implement this programme with the participations of 40 people compared to more than 80 people last year due to reasons that we cannot avoid,” she said.
In Penang, the objective of organising Malaysia #QuranHour was achieved at the Al Marbawi Mosque, Merbau Kudung near Sungai Dua, Butterworth, although the number of participants was limited to a small group as a measure of SOP compliance.