General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Shehu Yusuf has charged Muslim faithful to make Qur’an recitation their daily routine even after the competition, affirming that it is the truth and perfect speech of Allah.
Yusuf gave the charge recently during the 2015 Inter-Brigades Qur’anic Recitation Competition held at 82 Div Central Mosque in Enugu.
The Chief Dragon who was represented by the Commander, 82 Div Garrison, Brig Gen Sani Mohammed said that the competition would encourage Muslim youths not only in the day to day recitation of the Glorious Qur’an but also foster unity and Islamic brotherhood among the Ummah and intensify learning of the correct recitation of the Holy Qur’an and its sciences in the manner it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).
General Mohammed, while expressing satisfaction at the accuracy of the reciters during the competition, also enjoined them to enhance their quality of learning Tajweed and sciences of the Holy Qur’an in Islamic schools within 82 Div AOR.
Earlier, the Acting Deputy Director of Islamic Affairs, 82 Division, Major Ibrahim Shofolahan while welcoming the GOC to the occasion stated that the annual competition was aimed at enhancing flawless and sound recitation of the Holy Qur’an among the Muslim Ummah.
He also added that the competition will attempt to identify the best reciters that will eventually represent the Division at Army Headquarters level.
Major Shofolahan further said that reciting Qur’an illuminates the soul and it is a perfect guidance to a straying heart. He observed that to reflect on Allah’s verses is a form of worship that will draw one closer to Him, stressing that Qur’an is the timeless speech of Allah and a study guide for Muslims throughout their sojourns in this world.
He thanked all the participants for gracing the competition and urged them to abide by the orders and prohibitions found in the Qur’an.
The 2015 Inter-Brigades Qur’an Recitation Competition was classified in the following categories; 10 Hisbu with 12 contestants,5 Hisbu with 10 contestants and 2 Hisbu with 14 contestants. At the end, Maryam Abubakar of 82 Div, Enugu emerged the overall best reciter in 10 Hisbu while Musa Abdullah of 2 Brigade Port Harcourt and Hindatu Musa of 24 SER Abakaliki emerged first positions in 5 and 2 Hisbu respectively.
The highpoint of the competition was the presentation of souvenirs to the respective winners by the representative of the GOC 82 Div and other commanders present at the occasion.

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