National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa

National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa

, ,  / April 14,2015

In 2015, for the second consecutive year, the South African Qur’aan Union (SAQU) has teamed up with AWQAF SA to host the Gauteng Chapter of the competition

Entries are now open for the Gauteng Chapter of the South African National Qiraa’atul Qur’aan Competition

The South Africa Qur’aan Union (SAQU) has hosted a national Qiraa’ah (Qur’aan recital) competition in Cape Town for the last decade. The mother city is set to once again host this year’s event which will see the biggest gathering of Qur’aan reciters of its kind in the country. The event is recognised worldwide and is administered according to the international standards.

This landmark initiative is an attempt to honour the efforts of students and teachers of the Holy Qur’aan throughout the world. It serves as an added encouragement for individuals to improve, and hence the aim of the competition is to promote and maintain high levels of Qur’anic learning and service, as well as to train and earmark successful (local) candidates for other international platforms.

In 2015, for the second consecutive year, the South African Qur’aan Union (SAQU) has teamed up with AWQAF SA to host the Gauteng Chapter of the competition. The Gauteng Chapter is open to participants from the Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape provinces. A Kwa-Zulu Natal regional leg is also included in the overall competition.

Due to the resounding success of last year’s Gauteng Chapter, this year’s contest will feature a preliminary qualifying round for the male Junior Category. A female category will also be introduced, insha’Allah.

Winners from each region will gain automatic entrance to the International Qur’aan Recital Award (IQRA) competition that will be held in Cape Town during September 2015. The 2014 edition of this event boasted around 60 competitors of more than 10 nationalities. Successful reciters from the IQRA event are recommended by SAQU to represent South Africa on international platforms throughout the world.

The Gauteng Chapter is scheduled to be held at the Bosmont Masjid on 6 June 2015, from after Thuhr. The preliminary rounds (for the male Junior Category only) will be spread over two dates, being 9 May 2015 (at Darus-Salaam Masjid in Laudium) and 23 May 2015 (at Nurul-Islam Masjid in Lenasia).

The competition is open to all willing male and female participants of any nationality. Contestants will be evaluated on their ability to present and recite the Qur’aan beautifully, and not on their memorization skills. Participants do not need to have memorised the Qur’aan in order to compete. There is also no entry fee.

All are welcome to attend and participate.

To apply or for more information including the rules and participant guidelines, please visit, contact Ml. Anees Kara (South African Qur’aan Union) on 074 786 8866, or Hf. Muhammad Zein Cajee (Awqaf SA) on 076 587 3971.

Entries close on 5 May 2015 for the male Junior Category, and on 22 May 2015 for all other applicants.