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Qur’an recitation and memorization: A catalyst for youth mental development, says Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq



In a resounding endorsement of the mental benefits derived from the recitation and memorization of the Holy Qur’an, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State urged the Muslim community, especially the youth, to engage in the constant reading and memorization of the sacred text. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Qur’an and Hadith Competition organized by the Saudi Arabian embassy, Abuja, and the As-Sunnah Academy of Da’awah and Research in Ilorin, Kwara State, Governor AbdulRazaq highlighted the profound impact of this spiritual practice on mental development.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mamman Saba Jibril, Governor AbdulRazaq emphasized the importance of pursuing knowledge of the Qur’an and Hadith, encouraging memorization as a means to advance the cause of Islam and guide individuals’ ways of life. He described the holy book as the root and science of all knowledge, urging the faithful, particularly the youth, to dedicate themselves to regular recitation and study. The Governor congratulated the organizers and winners of the competition for a successful event, reaffirming his government’s commitment to fostering an atmosphere of peace and religious tolerance among all faiths in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the competition, which comprised six categories, showcased the talents of brilliant reciters and memorizers of the Qur’an/Hadith. Among the leading participants were Abdulrahman Ismail, Ahmad Abdulsalam, Abdullateef Zakariyah, Khadijah Ajijolakewu, and Zainab AbdulGafar, along with several others who displayed their expertise in Quranic recitation and memorization.

Governor AbdulRazaq’s endorsement of the mental benefits derived from engaging with the Qur’an echoes the sentiments of scholars and practitioners alike. The event underscored the significance of fostering a deep connection with the sacred text as a means of personal and spiritual growth.

The Cultural Attache of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria and Chief host, Sheikh Nami Asshamari, hailed the competition as a testament to Saudi Arabia’s dedication to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His noble Messenger. He emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to fostering peaceful coexistence globally and showcasing the true voice of Islam, free from extremism, excess, negligence, and decay.

Sheikh Nami Asshamari expressed gratitude to Governor AbdulRazaq and all royal fathers for creating a suitable environment for hosting the competition. He also commended the organizing committee for their efforts in ensuring the ceremony’s success.

Justice Abdulateef Kamaldeen, Chairman of the Occasion, highlighted the scholarly nature of the gathering, recognizing not only the importance of the Qur’an but also honoring the committed memorizers whose efforts and dedication were acknowledged during the event. The competition served as a platform not only for showcasing talent but also for reinforcing the significance of the Qur’an in fostering intellectual and spiritual development among the youth.

In conclusion, the Qur’an and Hadith Competition in Kwara State emerged as a testament to the enduring influence of Islamic teachings on the mental development of individuals, particularly the youth. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s advocacy for the continuous engagement with the holy text echoes the commitment of leaders and scholars to instill a deep sense of spiritual purpose and intellectual growth within communities.

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