Lagos hosts national Quran recitation competition
The Lagos State Muslim Community is set to host 34th edition of the National Quran Recitation Competition tagged ‘Lagos for Qur’an’.The event, billed to take off on 27th of December in Lagos State, with no fewer than 370 participants taking part from 32 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The logo of the event was unveiled to show readiness of Lagos State to commence activities for the competition. It combines wording and symbols to synchronize Qur’an with Lagos map and colours without omitting the year of the event.
The Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Otunba Abdul-Fatai Olukoga, said the yearly Quran competition is educational and aims to enhance today’s generation by strengthening their connection to the Holy Quran.“The competition is a yearly programme that brings Muslim youths who have committed the Quran to memory together from all states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)”.
According to him, prizes to be won include hajj seats, tricycles, motorcycles, and cash.He stated that competition would hold in six categories each for male and female competitors. Each participant states is allowed to field competitors in maximum of five categories each for male and female.
According to him, participants will have the chance to win prizes, which include Hajj seats, tricycles, cars and cash. The Chairman Finance & Fund Raising Sub-committee, Alhaji Abdul Rafiu Ebiti, urged the government and people of Lagos state and beyond to join the laudable effort saying: “Your support in kind and cash is crucial and will be rewarded by Allah “
The artist who designed Lagos Quran logo, Managing Director, Halal Art Gallery, Ridwan Oshinowo, said: “The wording comprises “Lagos For Qur’an” which is tagline and 1441AH (2020) the year of the competition. As complements, the symbols consist of an open Qur’an (in abstract) containing an Arabic inscription ‘Iqra’ meaning ‘Read’, which is the first command revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
“That Arabic inscription emphasizes the significance of the competition! The other symbols are four strokes in the four colours of Lagos State serving as a base for the open Qur’an to make it look like a touch; and a map of Lagos State in the background to represent the state’s solid support for the event.“The colour combination and inclusion of the tagline in synergy with the various symbols in the logo composition aptly customize the national Qur’an recitation contest for Lagos as Centre of Excellence,” he said.