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ISKANDAR PUTERI, Nov 24 -- The Quran Academy, which will be built in Kota Iskandar with an allocation of RM300,000, will start recruiting students from January next year, said Johor Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman, Tosrin Jarvanthi.
He said that the academy would be open to 12-year-old students and they will be selected based on certain criteria by a special committee.
He added that the academy was established to give special emphasis to understanding and reading the Quran better, with teachers including former Qari (male Quran reciter) and Qariah (female reciter) winners at the national and international levels from the state, in line with the state government's goals to produce a generation of Quran literate students.
“Currently, we estimate only 40 students for a start. No fees will be charged. The study period is between one and three years,” he told reporters on the sideline of the Fourth Session of the 14th Johor State Legislative Assembly today.
Tosrin, who is also the Bukit Permai assemblyman, said that with the existence of the Quran academy there will be more young people to study the holy book and be able to represent the state in the next Quran recitation assembly.
In the meantime, Tosrin said that Johor was selected to host the National Quran Recitation Assembly in June next year.
“So far, we are still waiting for the consent from the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, regarding the location of the recitation assembly to be held,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said that the state government would present the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enable congregational prayers at mosques and surau in the state to be performed without physical distancing, especially after Johor transitioned to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (PPN).
Tosrin said that he would chair a meeting with the Johor Dakwah Committee and the state Mosque and Surau Management Division next week to complete the proposal paper before it was presented to the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
“Two proposals will be included, namely the first, congregational prayers with full capacity of mosque/surau without physical distancing and the second one, congregational prayers with full capacity with physical distancing, perhaps with a gap between congregants closer that the current practice.
“However, it is subject to the latest COVID-19 status, as well as advice from the National Security Council (MKN) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) before the two proposals are presented to Tuanku (Sultan Ibrahim),” he said.
He also expressed hope that the new SOPs for congregational prayers can be adopted by early January.
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