Following 11 year old Capetonian Ihsaan Basadien’s triumph at the international competition in Saudi Arabia in November, there has been increased interest in the 10th Annual Quran Memorization Competition. Organisers have hailed the success of Saturday’s regional preliminaries in the Western Cape, with the event attracting its biggest turnout yet.
The event marked preliminary rounds for two different competitions, namely that of the South African National Quran Committee (SANQC), as well as the Muslim Judicial Council’s Department of Quranic Affairs (DQA). Both competitions aim to serve as a platform for students to revise and better their memorization and recitation of the Holy Quran.
Regional coordinator, Sheikh Zaid Dante was elated at the amount of participating schools this year around. Whilst the more established schools were dominant, he also recognized the broader participation of the province’s less privileged institutions.
“Approximately 80 students in the various categories came and were tested, and alhamdullilah I think the judges themselves were very impressed with the quality of recitation from the students who participated,” he said.
He noted the development and progression of many competition regulars, many of whom started out in the lower juz categories, and were now progressing to the full Quran level. This gave organizers an indication that students were not merely coming to “try it out”, but were in fact well established and disciplined.
“There is always something that needs to be perfected in your recitation, and what the judges do very successful and very diligently is to point out to the students when they are reciting, that this is something you need to work on,” he explained.
In the SANQC competition, the regional rounds serve as a stepping stone for the ultimate prize of competing in the holy city of Makkah. Winners of each province will progress to a national finals stage, with the winners thereof being afforded the opportunity to participate in the 37th Annual King Abdul Aziz International Quran Memorization Competition.
Basadien took top honours in the 5 juz category at the finals in Makkah in November last year. Fellow Capetonian Adeeb Harneker who participated in the Full Quran category and Nelspruit’s Mohammed Bhamjee, in the 15 Juz category, both reached the final stage of the competition.
Dante said performances would be assessed in the week ahead, with results likely to be released within the next week or two via the respective competition websites.
“The percentages need to be finalized, and the boards of the DQA and SANQC will be sitting during the course of this week, and hopefully by the end of the week we will be able to make those names available to the respective schools inshallah,” he concluded. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)