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THE 18th NATIONAL QUR'AN READING CONTEST
Special Stamps Issuance
National Qur'an Reading Contest (MTQ) is a festival to glorify Qur'an aimed at, among other things, motivating people to love the Holy Book and implement its teaching in daily life. This activity was held for the first time in 1968 in Makassar (Ujung Pandang).
At the early years of its organization, MTQ was conducted every year. However, in order to give the provinces more time preparing their representatives, in 1977 it became a biannual activity. And now it is held every three years.
The 18th National MTQ this year will be held in Jambi. Around 2,000 participants and officials from all the 27 provinces will meet there and compete in seven categories, namely: Tilawatil Qur'an (reading contest assessing on reciting regulation, rhythm, and voice) Hifzhil Qur'an 9reciting Qur'an by heart), Tafsir Qur'an (Qur'anic Interpretation), Tartilil Qur'an (correct reading; children category), Fakhmil Qur'an 9quiz on Qur'anic teachings), Syarhil Qur'an (speech contest on how to implement Qur'anic teachings in daily life), and Khatlil Qur'an (calligraphy).
In accordance with the opening of the festival by President Soeharto on July 9, 1997, a stamp series is issued. The series depicts two designs: Rp 300.00 denomination featuring main gate of the venue and the other one with Rp 700.00 denomination featuring an old mosque called "Al-Ikhsaniah". The mosque, located at Olak Kemang, Jambi, is the only mosque in Jambi which was built with the Dutch colonial government support.
Product code : 971110
Issue Date : 09 July 1997
Denomination, design and designers : Rp 300.00 The main gate of 18th MTQ venue designed by Triadi Margono
Rp 700.00 "Al-Ikhsaniah" Mosque, Olak Kemang, Jambi designed by Ahmad Kurniawan
Size : 31.96 mm x 24.00 mm
Perforations : 12.5 x 12.5
Colors : 4 colors + 1 logo
Paper : white unwatermarked
Gum : PVA
Printing process : rotogravure
Printing quantity : 1,000,000 sets
Sheet composition : 50 pieces (5X10)
Printer : Perum Peruri, Jakarta
FIRST DAY COVER
Product code : 971120
Price : Rp 1,800.00
Printing quantity : 20,000 pieces
Designer : Yani Madya
Printer : Phicom Studio, Bandung
Stamp Sales Period : 09 July 1997 - 31 Desember 2000
Period of Validity For Letter Postage : 09 July 1997 - 31 December 2002
Others Related Series:
16th National Qur'an Reading Competition 1991