ARUA. The academic registrar of Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Arua campus Mr Saidi Abdallah has lauded the ‘Youth debater’s forum’ of Arua for bringing together the Muslim students during the Holy month of Ramadan.

Mr Abdallah speaking as the chief guest at the closure of a Ramadan student’s competition at the university campus at Ummah mosque in Arua town on Sunday said such competitions are healthy, and if perpetuated can generate good morals among the student.

Areas of participation included Quran recitation, general quiz, exhibitions of art pieces and poems.

Mr Hadad Kassim, the competition director said they wanted to bring the Muslim students together as they observe the Holy month of Ramadan.

The competition in its maiden year attracted four schools although organizers said they invited 25 schools. Mr Kassim decried the poor turn up of the schools.

Ms Nadia Issa Kato, a senior two student of the catholic founded St. Mary’s Ediofe girl’s secondary school who emerged the best in Quran recitation said she started practicing recitation in primary three.

“The recitations have helped me to follow prophet Mohamed’s teachings,” Ms Nadia who is also daughter to Arua municipality Mayor Al-hajji Issa Kato said.

Nadia Issa KatoNadia Issa Kato (left), the daughter of Arua municipality mayor, Alhajji Issa Kato, emerged the best in Quran recitation, she is joined by her colleagues. PHOTO BY RIMILIAH AMANDU

She said the competition had helped them to learn new things while providing a platform to interact with Islamic students from other schools.

Ms Shida Zumurat, who also participated in the event urged the students to be careful as the fasting period winds down, climaxing with the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations later this week.

The Arua Islamic secondary, Najjah Muslim, St. Mary’s Ediofe and Owaffa secondary school obtained positions one to four respectively, each having fielded 13 students in the competition.

Mr Swali Musema, the brain behind the youth debater’s forum said the association was formed in 2005 to help coordinate different students’ activities through career guidance, conferences and dialogues.

He said they have organized many other events in the past but wanted to provide a platform for the Muslim students to unite them during fasting.

Ramadan is said to be the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to prophet Mohamed and regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.