Using #QuranHour To Better Understanding Of Quran

Last update: 13/09/2017

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Hundreds of Muslims gathered at Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Kuala Lumpur at dusk on Aug 31.

City folks and tourists sat together cross-legged on mats under 'Madinah umbrellas' that have become the mosque's new landmark. They were preparing to break their fast, a non-obligatory one typically performed on the ninth day of the Islamic month of Zulhijjah. The atmosphere was rather festive.

At the steps of the mosque stood its Assistant Head Imam , Ustaz Ahmad Nizzam Rasali, who had been experiencing sleepless nights prior to the event. However, his expression then was one of satisfaction.

"I'm happy. This is something we have always wanted to do and today we have realised it," he told this writer.

The communal buka puasa event is one of the items under the Gema Wahyu programme organised by the mosque to welcome the grand Merdeka #QuranHour event in conjunction with the 60th National Day celebration.


After the Maghrib prayers, the pavilion at Dataran Merdeka started to fill up with people coming to participate in the Merdeka #QuranHour.

The event has been held annually every 9 Zulhijjah since three years ago.

This year, the date coincides with the anniversary of Malaysia's independence, making it all the more special.

As such, the aptly named Merdeka #QuranHour event was jointly organised by the Merdeka Secretariat of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry , the Warisan Ummah Ikhlas Foundation and the Malaysia Islamic Development Department with the theme ?Bangsa Berbudi Yang Penyayang'.

Among the guests present were the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, the Grand Imam of Masjid Negara Tan Sri Shaikh Ismail Muhammad, Pencetus Ummah speaker Ustaz Mohd Yusof Arbain and the 2011 International Tilawah Al-Quran winner Ustaz Amirahman Abas.

Several local artistes were also present in support of the event. Among them were Johan As'ari, Shamsul Ghau Ghau and the vocalist of Spring, Ameng.


In addition to Gema Wahyu and Merdeka #QuranHour, the World #QuranHour also took place in the morning on the same day.

The programmes, in a way, helped revive a forgotten Malay custom, said the Deputy Rector of Research and Innovation at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (UIAM), Professor Dr. Rahmah Ahmad H. Othman.

She said that the Malay people used to employ Quran reading skills as one of the benchmarks of success in the bringing up of their children.

"When they move into a new neighbourhod, the first thing they would do is find a place to learn to read the Quran. Even if the parents were not able to read the Quran themselves, they understood the importance of making sure their children were able to," she told Bernama during the Ruang Bicara segment on Bernama News Channel on Aug 26.

On the rise of juvenile delinquency among teens, Rahmah said it was an issue that needed to be collectively addressed by the community.

"They were taught to read the Quran from young, but then what next?" she said, indicating that the Quran was not only meant to be recited but practiced as well.

She believed that programmes like #QuranHour gave them the opportunity to further explore and understand the holy book, enabling them to put into practice what they had only recited all these while.


Also interviewed on the segment was the Director of the Department of Alumni and Global Networking of UIAM, Associate Prof Dr Che Amnah Bahari.

She believed that it was time that the teaching in the Quran were applied into the people's daily lives.

"The teachings are applicable in our daily lives. For example, in the Quran it is stated the manner in which we should treat and respect our parents. However, are the commandments stated practised by the person reciting it?" she questioned.

She said it was high time that Muslims pondered over the meaning of the verses and acted upon them.

However, to achieve such level of reflection required the inculcation of interest in the holy book, said Che Amnah.

"This is the role that must be taken upon by many parties, as it is a collective effort. The scholars, the community, government agencies, ministries and universities must work together to make the Quran meaningful and appealing to the people," she said.