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11th Quran competition launched

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The 11th Regional Quran Memorisation Competition has been launched and this year, boasts the inaugural female competition. Those who emerge successful during the event will be afforded the opportunity to represent South Africa at the King Abdul Aziz Quran Memorization Competition, which takes place in the holy city of Makkah.

“The objectives when we did the initial brainstorm, was set at a programme that will ensure the interpretation and the maintenance of the Quraan of the Ghafaat,” said national co-ordinator Muhammad Seedat at the official launch.

“We obviously needed a program that was motivational and incentive driven.”

The aim of the competition it to deliver the interpretation of the Quran and secondly, for the revival of the Quran and its sciences. Lastly, there is also a need to highlight the honour of being a hafith and the responsibilities which comewith it to make students understand the significance of the title.

“The regionals is the first step towards reaching the International Quraan Memorisation Competition in Makkah, so if students want to participate this is the level where they need to enter first,” stated Qari Basheer Patel.

This year for the very first time there will be girls’ regional.

“We saw that there was a need for it and it’s always been this thing where a lot of programmes have been initiated for boys, butwhat has been done for the girls,” said Patel.

The Juz categories for this year is 5, 15 and full Quraan, however in South Africa a 1 Juz category has been introduced which serves as a trial run for students to gain the confidence.

Although the dates of the actual competition haven’t been confirmed as yet, the preliminaries for the different zones have been released.

Zone 1 – Northern Cape 21st May
Zone 2 – Kwazulu Natal 23/24 April
Zone 3 – Eastern Cape 16th April
Zone 4 – Western Cape 2 April
Zone 5 – Mpumalanga 9th April
Zone 6 – Limpopo 16 April
Zone 7 – North West 14 May

The application process can be done through a madrasa who registers a student or a student can register online at

The students will be judged on Hifths, Tajweed and Overall presentation.

In the Western Cape, contact the following aalims to enter:
Qr Saleem Gaibie 0721417977
Sh Zaid Dante 0216961506


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