International Level Tilawah Al-Quran
PWTC,
Kuala Lumpur

8:00p.m.
11th - 17th
September 2005


 INTRODUCTION

This year marks the 47th year that the International Level Al-Quran Reading competition organized and held in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. The event was held on September 11th to 17th, 2005, or 7th to 13th Sya'ban 1426 Hijrah.


If you missed the 47th International Level Tilawah Al-Quran, please click here for the video archive.


THE HISTORY


The aspiration of the Government to invite readers from other countries to take part in the Musabaqah finally materialized in 1961. For the first time, since the Malays embraced Islam and Islam was declared the official religion of the Malay Sultanate, Malaysia became the venue of the first International Level Musabaqah.

Since the Prime Minister, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, was away in London attending the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, his deputy, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, stood in his place to welcome the 11 readers from Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Sarawak (before joining Malaysia) and Singapore.

In his address, the late Tun Abdul Razak said, "The Musabaqah could be a means to strengthen the relations between Malaya and other countries. It is for this purpose that the Government of Malaya organizes this International Musabaqah."

He also said that the Government of Malaya would continue to promote the reading of the Holy Quran. At the same time courses in learning and memorizing the Quran would also be organized. The National Mosque, which was under construction at that time, would be the center for those purposes. His words finally became a reality when an institute for understanding the Quran was set up in Kuala Lumpur.


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