Jakarta, 22 Jumadil Akhir 1437/01 April 2016 (MINA) – The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Competition for Memorization of the Holy Quran and Hadith (MHQH) concluded its 8th session at the national level here on Thursday night in the presence of Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim and Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Mustafa Al- Mubarak, a number of ministers, foreign ambassadors and senior officials.
The closing ceremony was held in the HM Rasyidi Auditorium at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Complex, Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) reported, citing the website of the Ministry of Religious Affairs as reporting.
The National MHQH was underway since Tuesday (28/03) and held in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Directorate General of Islamic Guidance of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
In his speech, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman expressed gratitude to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has hosted this MHQH.
According to him, Indonesian friendship and cooperation relations with the Kingdom has a comprehensive dimension, which includes the fields of religion, education, politics, economics and culture.
“Cooperation between the two countries has been going on for hundreds of years. It has long also the kingdom been becoming one of the favorite destinations of Indonesian youth to deepen their religious knowledge, ” the minister said.
The winners of the competition received a prize of money ranging from Rp25 to Rp50 million respectively and the opportunity to perform hajj pilgrimage at the invitation of the Saudi government. In addition, they will also represent Indonesia at the Musabaqah Memorizing the Quran and Hadith (MHQH) Asia Pacific Region VII in April in Jakarta.
The Saudi Ambassador delivered a speech in which he highlighted the importance of the competition as it is a form of attention towards the Holy Quran and Sunnah by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, praising the depth of relations between the two brotherly countries. (T/R07/R01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).