Maguindanao officials sponsor Ramadhan Quran reading contest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:35

A Quran reader who emerged as champion in the July 12 Maguindanao Ramadhan Quran reading contest in Datu Odin Sinsuat will become a consultant on religious affairs of the office of the provincial governor.

Hadji Arih Abdul, who is a resident of Datu Odin Sinsuat, received a P20,000 cash prize from the organizers of the event — Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, and Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat.

The Quran reading contest was jointly facilitated by Mangudadatu and Sinsuat in support of the activities of the local Islamic communities in connection with the on-going observance of the Ramadhan fasting season.

Maguindanao’s appointed deputy governor, Ramil Dilangalen, who represented Mangudadatu in the opening program of the contest, said on Tuesday that the provincial government embarked on the event to highlight the importance of religious formation in furthering its peace and socio-economic agenda for its constituent-communities.

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the Ramadhan, which last for one lunar, about 28-29 days, both as a religious obligation and as a means to inculcate among them the importance of self-restrain in achieving spiritual perfection.

The Ramadhan, which started on June 29, will last until the third week of July, depending on the sighting by scholars of the new moon, which will signal the start of the month of Shawwal in the lunar based Islamic Hijrah calendar.

Dilangalen said the involvement of Mangudadatu and Sinsuat in facilitating the Quran reading contest, in the hometown of the vice governor, was enough to dispel rumors being spread by adversarial political camps that the two officials, who are related to each other by blood, have become estranged.

“There is no political animosity between the governor and the vice governor, who is his nephew. They remain united from day one of their candidacy as running mates in 2013 until today,” Dilangalen told reporters on Tuesday.