Three South African students have passed preliminary tests and now begin their recitation of the Holy Quran in the King Abdul Aziz International Quran Memorisation Competition. Set in the magnificant Haram Al-Sharif in Makkah, the students will participate in three of the four categories. In the Full Quran category is Adeeb Harneker; 15 Juz category is Mogammed Bamjee and in the third category of five Juz is 11 year old Ihsaan Bassadien who is accompanied by his father.
Speaking to VOC News from Makkah, Qari Salim Gabie said the three have already undergone intense preliminary tests which have excluded the weaker components from the competition. This competition is the first of its kind.
“The first King Abdul Aziz International Quran competition was held in 1979 with only 86 participants,” Gabie said.
Two of the three SA students are from Cape Town, both students of the Al Ameen Hafiz Institute, under the auspices of Sheikh Ali Davids. Gabie commended Davids for his excellence in his teachings of the recitation of the Holy Quran.
“The three students were not chosen at random. They are all winners of the National Quran Competition which was hosted by the South African National Quran Competition (SANQC) earlier this year.”
From Monday until Saturday, the students underwent tests from highly recognised qurrah. The opening speeches, early Saturday Morning welcomed the international participants and touched on the importance of this competition. Gabie said the opening speeches put emphasis on the fact that each year, the competition takes place during the month of Muharram – a month all Muslims strive to do more good deeds. “We are honoured to be part of this competition,” he enthused.
The three boys will be tested on their memorisation and pronunciation of the Holy Quran by renowned Saudi scholars and huffath. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)