By Aminu Gambo Adamu
Three hundred and seventy contingents from thirty six states of the federation including the FCT have converged on Bauchi for the 36th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition.
The Competition was organized by the Musabaqa Foundation for Qur’anic Recitation in Nigeria , Center for Islamic Studies Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto and Bauchi State Government.
Speaking at the Opening of the event, the Vice Chancellor Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto Professor Lawal Bilbis said the contestants are to participate in different categories to include two, ten, twenty, forty and sixty Hizbs with and without tafsir .
Professor Lawal Bilbis said the competition which started in 1986 in Sokoto has now become an annual event designed to encourage Muslim youth in the recitation and memorisation of the Holy Qur’an as well as all its sciences in the manner it was revealed to pryophet Muhammad PBUH.
Earlier, the Chairman Local Organizing Committee of the Competition Khadi Abdullahi Yakubu Marafa who said all necessary measures have been put in place towards the success of the one week long event commended the state government for facilitating and funding the competition.
Also Speaking, the National Secretary Jama’atul Nasrul Islam Dr Khalid Aliyu urged Muslims to be guided by the Holy Qur’an and live their lives as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
In a message to the occasion, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar represented by the Shehu of Borno Alhaji Umar Garbai Elkanemi who attributed the inability to abide by the doctrines of Islam to the problems facing the country, called for attitudinal change among people.
Declaring the Competition Open, Governor Bala Muhammad of Bauchi State represented by his Deputy Senator Baba Tela who said it is an Islamic tradition for every Muslim child to memorize the Holy Qur’an and other Islamic books said government will accord more priority to Islamic education.