Qur’an Hour:  Let’s read Al-Quran together this Sunday, 5 – 6 pm

Qur’an Hour:  Let’s read Al-Qur’an together this Sunday, 5 – 6 pm

A Qur’an reading event, called “Qur’an Hour’, will be held for the first time in Singapore this Sunday (11 June) from 5 to 6 o’clock.

All mosques in Singapore will hold the event at the same time, according to an announcement made at the Kassim Mosque every day, the mosque where I went for my isyak and terewih prayers since Tuesday this week.

Muslims in Singapore are urged to take part in the event by reading the Qur’an during the specified time for impact and unity in reading the Islamic Holy Book.  You may read some chapters of the Qur’an in chorus softly if you are in the mosque reading in groups, or any chapter, or part of it, or a page or even a few verses of your choice from wherever you are outside the mosque.

If you are in your home, you may read the Qur’an alone or together with your family members.  But if you are with your friends, or alone in the shopping mall or in the bus – you can still read a portion of the Qur’an in your heart – if you could bring a small, handy copy of the Qur’an in your bag this Sunday or, nowadays, you have the whole Qur’an “inside” your hand-phone and this facility is indeed advantageous to Muslims as Muslims are frequent Qur’an readers and reciters, at least, largely, during the five daily prayers.

This date (11 June) has been chosen because the verses of the Qur’an were first received by Prophet Muhammad on 17 Ramadan and it coincides this year with the evening of 11 June.  This Islamic date, 17 Ramadan, is known as Nuzul Al-Qur’an, the celebration of the day of the beginning of the Revelation of the Qur’an. The verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet by Allah through the Arch-angel Gabriel over 23 years, but it began with five verses on 17 Ramadan.

The first Revelation, containing five verses, the Prophet received is the first five verses of Chapter 96, called “Iqraa” (Read!).  The five verses, translated in English, are given in the following slide:

As can be seen, the word “Read” is the very first word of Islam, the very first Command of Allah that led to the formation of Islam.  It is indisputably the noblest call in education – for knowledge and wisdom encompass compassion and mercy for all living and non-living things: humans, animals and the environment.

The Qur’an Hour aims not only at encouraging Muslims to respect the day of Nuzul Al-Qur’an but also aims to foster the habit of reading the Qur’an at least for an hour daily for knowledge and spiritual well-being.  It is meant to encourage the Muslim to make the Qur’an his or her life’s guidance and to foster peace and harmony in one’s own country and the outside world.

READING THE QUR’AN

The following pictures show Muslims, young and old, male and female, reading the Qur’an:

Young Muhammad Yasir Yuuta, who’s from Indian-Malay-Japanese parentage, reading verses from the Qur’an at an iftar (breaking of fast) function at the Siglap Community Centre on 4 July 2015. (See https://readnreap.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/practical-islam-iftar-at-siglap-cc-promoting-multi-racial-interaction-and-harmony/ ) The other photo shows girls attending a Qur’an reading lesson.

Qur’an reading at Masjid Kampung Siglap (Siglap Mosque) during the World Qur’an Hour last year (11 September 2016). (See https://readnreap.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/world-quran-hour-enhancing-islamic-spirituality-and-togetherness/ )

Quran reading at Masjid Kassim (Kassim Mosque) during the World Qur’an Hour. Muslims in Singapore joined the World Qur’an Hour event from 9:00 – 10:00 in the morning on 9 Zulhijjah which coincided with 11 September, 2016). On this day (9 Zulhijjah), known as Day of Arafah, all Haj pilgrims must be in the Plain of Arafah (Padang Arafah, in Malay). Arafah Day is the peak of the Haj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage in Mecca. The 1-hour World Qur’an Hour on 9 Zulhijjah is meant to coincide with Arafah Day.

Qur’an reading at Masjid Kassim (Kassim Mosque) during the World Qur’an Hour: The reading of the verses of the Qur’an reverberated across the world as Muslims read the Qur’an between 9:00 and 10:00 am of their countries’ local time.

The first slide shows ten-year-old Munirah Shaik Kadir reading the Qur’an, and a photo of her marriage to Mr Allen Dula (Adam Abdullah) in 2011. The other slide shows Ms Munirah, Allen and their 3-year-old son, Adam Rayan Dula, in Rome in March this year (2017) where the family visited for Munirah to present her paper, “Analysing the effects of managing element interactivity in science learning”, at an International Conference focusing on new perspectives in science education, in Florence, Italy. Munirah, a former Mathematics and Physics teacher, who did her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Singapore, is a final-year PhD candidate in Sydney. She says: “Reading is important for mind development, and widening of knowledge in useful areas. That is why the first command in Islam is “Read!” So, read a lot and be wise.”

Ms Munirah rightly says: “Reading is important for mind development, and widening of knowledge in useful areas. That is why the first command in Islam is “Read!”  So, read a lot and be wise.”  Therefore, do take part in the “Qur’an Hour” this Sunday (11 June 2017) from 5 pm to 6 pm.

(For the understanding of non-Muslim readers of this article, the Qur’an can only be called the “Qur’an” when it is in Arabic, the original language of its revelation; translations are not the “Qur’an” but mere translations and interpretations.)

Shaik Kadir
8 June 2017

[Further reading: “’Quran Hour’ diadakan 17 Ramadan” by Juliana Sharmine Riduan, Berita Harian, Friday, 2 Jun 2017)

 

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