Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially opened the 2nd International Musabaqah Tilawatil Qur'an Recitation Contest, the 8th National Musabaqah Tilawatil Qur'an among Boarding Schools, and the 5th Congress of Jam'iyyatul Qurra wal Huffaz Nahdhatul Ulama at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (11/7). In his speech, the President expressed his hope that the Qur'an recitation of the Quran contest in both international and national level, can spread the values of humanity not only to Indonesia, but also to all over the world. The humanitarian values are in accordance with the empowerment program currently being run by the Indonesian government. In this case, Jokowi gave an example of the existence of Micro Wakaf Bank, Boarding School-based vocational education, asset redistribution program, and agrarian reform.
“I hope the beauty of the Quran recitation from MTQ will be heard all over Indonesia and around the world. It echoes the values of humanity, the values of social piety, the values that give priority to the defense of the weak, the poor, the values that the government is currently working on in the economic empowerment programs of the ummah” he stated.
The 2nd International MTQ and the 8th National MTQ among Boarding Schools will be held from 11 to 15 July at Ash-Shiddiqiyah Boarding School, Karawang, West Java. This international and national MTQ is participated in by hundreds of participants from boarding school all over Indonesia. MTQ was also participated in by participants from six ASEAN countries and Pakistan. On the occasion, the President also received a giant embroidered Quranic Manuscript from a Malaysian businessman, Lee Kim Yew. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)