• Sunday, Apr 14 2013
  • Written by  Gandhi C. Kinjiyo

The 36th Socsargen Qur’an Readers Assembly which has been the venue for the 36th Regional Qur’an Reading Competition was held at the AVR, Mindanao State University, General Santos City on April 6, 2013.

The activity was aimed to motivate followers of Islamic faith to read the Holy Qur’an which serves as guide to all Muslims and the mankind in general. Qur’an is a  source of knowledge in the day to day affairs of the Muslim in all aspects of life, be it social, economic, political, and religious.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Socsargen Field Office spearheaded the competition with the support of Muslim organizations and local government units.

Sec. Mehol Sadain, Chair of the NCMF, graced the event. He related the comment of an author named Rev. Borsworth Smith who described the Qur’an as a book which is like a poem, a code of laws, a book of prayer, like a bible, and a reference of the state.

He commended the collaborative efforts of the NCMF Socsargen Field Office, headed by Atty Guialil Kanda, the City Government of Gensan and its Muslims constituents for the programs that serve the interests of the Muslims.

Among the important accomplishments of those endeavours were the renovation of the NCMF Field Office, construction of Federation of Madaris Development Center, City Government’s assistance to Madaris education, and the procurement of land to become Muslim cemetery.

Sadain was joined by NCMF Commissioners Esmael Ebrahim and Salem Demuna and some NCMF Officials from the national and regional levels.

Ebrahim said the Holy Qur’an is miraculous in the sense that there is no single second that lapses without this holy book being read considering that Muslims pray in every part of the world in different prayer times. Muslim prays reciting verses from the holy scripture.

Demuna urged the Muslims to pray for the realization of Bangsamoro Government and the peaceful resolution to Sabah conflict.

The Bangsamoro Government will replace the Autonomous Region on Muslim Mindanao by 2016 as stipulated in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by GPH and MILF Panels on October 15, 2012.

Mayor Darlene Custodio said, “Gensan is known as peaceful community that welcomes people from other tribes from other places.”

“The welcome is not mere staying, but the community here ushers understanding, cooperation and respect to each other.

She pointed out, “I believe the diversity of the people here has created community with peaceful coexistence,” and added, “and because of respect and cooperation, Gensan has become better than other places.”

Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr said, “Qur’an reading gives changes and enrich our personality towards our goals,” he pointed out.

In having good citizenship, Acharon said there is no wall between the government and religion. “All religions want us to become good fellows,” he said.

Winners for male Qur’an readers were Farid Dunding as champion, 1st Runner-up Dartu Anas Abu and 2nd Runner-up Abdulazis Ayuna and for female, Halima Dukaya was the champion, 1st Runner-up Snihaya manza and 2nd Runner-up Saripa Manza.
Dunding and Dukaya will vie for the National Qur’an Reading Competition this coming May. National champions will represent the Philippines to international Qur’an Reading Competition in the Middle East.

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