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Iqra International Qur’aan Recital Award 2019

The annual International Qur’aan Recital Awards (IQRA) successfully took place from 25- 27 October 2019 at Al Jaamiah Uthmaania Masjid, Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. Organised by the South African Qur’aan Union, South African National Zakah Fund, Awqaf SA, and Madrasah Tarteelul Quraan, in conjunction with the Bonteheuwel Moslem Society Trust, the event is used as a platform to train upcoming local reciters for international competitions and to maintain high standards of recitation. Preceded by various preliminary programs throughout the country, the four- day event is a culmination of months of hard work and preparation on the part of the participants. Contestants in the male section, who consisted of individuals of up to ten different nationalities, were divided into four age categories whilst the female division comprised a single section. The best performing reciters were as follows: Female category:Shahieda Jabaar, Cape TownSameera Nanabhay, Johannesburg Yasmeen Dante, Cape Town Under 15-year category:Imdaadullah Jeebhai, Pretoria Abdul Qaadir Nackerdien, Cape TownM. Talgha Allie, Cape Town Under 18-year category:Uzayr Eshaq, Pietermaritzburg Ammaar Hoosen, Cape Town Abduragmaan De Roos, Cape Town Under 23-year category:Raeez Nackerdien, Strand Abdul Haq Essack, Newcastle Ismail Moolla, Springs 24 years and over:Muhammad Hossen, Mauritius Irshaad Ahmed, Cape TownUbaidullah Abowat, Estcourt In the special feature, known as the ‘Champ of Champs category’, winners from the previous competitions were engaged in an open- aged recital challenge. These contestants were required to recite from an unprepared, randomly selected, portion of the Qur’aan. Tanzanian national, Muhammad Harun Hasan, was adjudicated the top reciter in this section, followed by Muhammad Abdul Aziz from Pietermaritzburg and Zaid Kara from Johannesburg. The recitals were judged in accordance with strict international standards by a panel of qualified and proficient Qur’aan recitation experts. Sheikh Igsaan Davids and Sheikh Ismail Berdien from Cape Town evaluated the sections of Tajweed. Both scholars have done advanced studies in the sciences of Quran recitation and have taught many students to their credit. Prominent Pakistani national, Qaari Muhammad Binyamin judged the section of voice whilst the Malaysian Qur’aan master, Doctor Anuar Hasin was responsible for the section of Presentation. Also serving on the adjudication panel were, Qaariah Maghmoodah Taliep and Qaariah Isra Cummings, as well as Sheikh Mahdie Nackerdien and Sheikh Zahier Kamaldien. Among the many ulama present, an Egyptian delegation represented the renowned Al Azhar University, whilst Sheikh Ally Muhammad Saleh represented Khidmatul Quran Foundation of Tanzania. The programs were directed by Moulana Moosa Ngubani, ...

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