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Quran competition win ‘overwhelming’: Mother

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“If this is the journey that Allah has chosen for Ihsaan, then I must say Alhamullilah.” Those were the words of an elated Faldeela Bassadien, whose 11 year old son emerged victorious at the 36th annual King Abdul Aziz International Quran Memorization competition.

Local Hafith student, Ihsaan Bassadien, was one of three South Africans who recently journeyed to the holy city of Makkah to take part in the auspicious event. All three performed exceptionally well, with Bassadien taking top honours in the 5 juz category after several breathtaking recitations.

A near speechless Faldeela called the entire experience overwhelming, saying it felt “like a dream”.

“I am beside myself for my son’s achievement,” she said.

Ihsaan, who hails from Eagle Park near Grassy Park, only started hifz two years and has been working extremely hard. The young qari was reportedly up against over 150 other participants, hailing from more than 70 countries. According to his mother, despite having participated in the 5 Juz category, he was in fact a full Hafith of the Quran.

She reserved special praise for Bassadien’s ustaadh, Sheikh Yahya Fredericks, noting that without his efforts, support, and unconditional love, her son may not have been able to achieve the massive accolade. She also recognized the support shown by all sides of the boy’s family.

“I say shukran to them because they have supported us in so many ways, and without them this wouldn’t have been possible,” she added.

There has also been major praise for fellow South African participants Adeeb Harneker, a Cape Town based hafith who participated in the Full Quran category, and Nelspruit’s Mohammed Bhamjee, who took part in the 15 Juz category. Both performed exceptionally, reaching the final stage of the competition.

The contestants are expected to be given a tour of Makkah and Medina, before returning home on Monday 24th November.

To listen to one of Igsaan’s recitations, click here:


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