Sunday, 16 June 2019 - On behalf of H.E president of the Republic of Rwanda, the Minister of Local Government Prof. Shyaka Anastase officiated the closing of 8th International Qur'an Recitation Competition organized by Rwanda Muslim Community in collaboration with Haya Alkair.
The competition attracted 51 contestants from 25 countries to compete in the grand finale stage, and thousands of believers at Kigali Convention Center.
In his speech, the Minister of Local Government Prof. Shyaka Anastase commended the current achievements of Rwanda Muslim Community for their own and their country. One of their major accomplishment is their active participation and contribution in rebuilding national unity and peace after Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994.
“Qur’an teaches believers to live in harmony, to help each other, peace, love, mutual respect and respecting other religions. I hope contestants of the International Qur'an Recitation Competition do not take part of the competition just for competing, they should also be ambassadors of its good teachings.” Minister Shyaka said.
Minister Shyaka further reiterated that qur’anic teachings empower Muslims with transformational knowledge that could be a catalyst for their socio-economic transformation; fighting poverty, malnutrition and GBV in their homes; promoting hygiene and sanitation.
“Studying Qur’an should be an opportunity to know its content, and avoid wrong teachings that bring them to extremism and terrorism which tarnish the image of Islam.” He mentioned.
Hon. Minister requested Rwandan Muslims to keep promoting good governance, transparency, unity and ensure national security.