By Luqman Hakim

This year’s state-level World Quran Hour was held at the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar on Thursday, May 30. This was the first time that the event was held outside of Ipoh.

Organiser and director of the Perak State Library, Haji Mohammad Nazari, told Ipoh Echo when met, “It’s much merrier this year because over 700 devotees are present. Honestly, I don’t expect such a crowd, as the event is being celebrated at all 623 mosques throughout the state. The fact that people outside of Kuala Kangsar are here today is indicative that it’s gaining popularity.”

Noor Mazlina, supervisor of Rumah Ngaji, a Quran recital school in Kuala Kangsar was equally surprised by the huge turnout.

“The number of female attendees has increased many folds. This is very encouraging, as their number was much smaller during the past years. Most come to know of the event via radio and social media,” she said.

Present were Haji Zamri Hashim, Deputy Mufti of Perak, Dato’ Haji Mohd Yusop Husin, director of the Perak Islamic Affairs Department and Maslin Sham Razman, state assemblyman for Bukit Chandan.