Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran (MTQ) participants from Lueng Bata District were cheering happily. Anyhow, that night, on Sunday, 23th September 2018, Lueng Bata District was announced as the winner of the 35th MTQ General Championship in Banda Aceh.
They managed to collect the highest points as many as 82 points. The details of those points are 65 points from 13 participants who won as 1st champions, 12 points from 4 participants as 2nd winners and 5 points from 5 champs at the third place.
Mayor of Banda Aceh, H. Aminullah Usman, handed over the perpetual trophies to the head of Lueng Bata District, Mustafa. The trophy awarding was done on the main stage at courtyard of Baitul Musyahadah Mosque (Masjid Kupiah Meukeutop) on Jalan Teuku Umar, Banda Aceh.
While the second place winner was Syiah Kuala District with total points of 72. Then, it was followed by the host event, Banda Raya District, as the third place with a total of 49 points. Meanwhile, the previous MTQ General Championship, Kuta Alam, must be satisfied as the 4th positions with the acquisition of 41 points.
Thousands of people from all over Banda Aceh city crowded the courtyard of Baitul Musyahadah Mosque. They gave a standing ovation when the committee were announcing the champions. Some residents were excited when the names of their children were in the list of the winners.
This MTQ, Islamic religious festival, is a biennial event held by Banda Aceh Government. The participants are the best representatives from each sub-district, from youths to adults.
The MTQ participants for representative at the city level were previously competed at sub-district level. After that, the winners of each sub-district were competed again at the city level.
In this event, the participants showed their abilities in nine branches of the contests, namely Tilawah (qur’an recitation), Tartil dan Cacat Netra (Canet), Qira’ah Sab’ah, Tahfiz Quran (Quran Memorization), Syarhil Quran, Tafsir Quran (Commentary), Khattil Quran, Fahmil Quran, and Quran Memorization of Madrasah.
The Mayor, in his remarks, invited Banda Aceh residents to make the MTQ events as a momentum for the resurrection of the glorious Quran generation of the city. In addition, Banda Aceh residents are expected to be a city community who hold on to Quran guidance in this current swift globalization era.
“It is the duty of all of us; parents, teachers and communities in various regions, to encourage our children to learn, understand and implement the Quran in daily life. So that, in the future, a brilliant (gemilang) generation will grow by the guidance of the Quran,” said the Mayor of Banda Aceh city, Aminullah.
Reporter: Munawar Hafizhi
Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya