The essence of the Quranic competition was to reward deserving competitors who have mastered the Quran and as a way of inspiring more young people to learn the art of reciting the Holy Quran.
The First Lady in her speech called on Muslim women to take their roles seriously in their respective communities. “Being a woman doesn’t limit you to the kitchen alone. Our responsibility is to make sure things work for our homes, community and our nation.” As she continued, she said it’s obligatory on every Muslims to respect not only their parents but elderly people and be polite to every mankind.
The First Lady called on other Muslims and non-Muslims to support the Quranic memorization competition, saying that this is one of the ways we can show the world that our religion is peaceful. She said whenever she stands to talk for Islam, she talks the right thing so the listener would understand exactly what Islam is all about and the role of women in Islam.
“We are not only peaceful but we celebrate one another and we protect one another. Most times when I go the mosques, I go along with the JMB women and most of them are Christians and I tell them to worship as I do. It’s not a way of forcing them but I always try to let them know how peaceful our religion is.” Fatima Bio said
HE Fatima Maada Bio also jointly received the Ambassador Siray Timbo award alongside the Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh for their individual contributions towards the Muslim communities in the country
Attending the competition are cross sections of Muslims around the country and supporters of Islam
Alhaji Abdul Latif Kargbo, the Director of the Foundation of Islamic Information thanked all the Muslims for their attendance and called on the Muslim “Ummah” in Sierra Leone to continue to show love for the Quran especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The event attracted over one thousand Muslims across the country. The winner of this year’s competition was graded over 90 per cent by the judges. The competition attracted representatives from all the regions. Chernor, who is from the Western Area bags home Ten Million Leone (Le10,000,000) as the cash prize.