Finally, the marathon state level Quran competition held at Hajj
House in Mumbai for consecutive three days ended August 29 at 04:15
in the morning.
Mohammad Rashid of Nagpur and Mohammad
Yassar Arafat of Madrasa Ishatul Uloom, Akkalkuwa bagged the first
prize for Quran recitation and Quran memorization respectively.
Second and third prizes for the two
competitions went to Mohammad Ashfaque of Bhiwandi and Mohammad
Shoeb, and to Jaffar Tayyar and Mohd Zaid Abdul Aziz Bangi of Beed
"Out of the total 250 registered
contestants, 236 finally turned up at the venue for the competition
titled as Jashn-e-Nuzool-e-Quran to suite the Holy month of Ramadan", convener of the competition Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi said to ummid.com.
It is believed that the Holy Quran was
revealed to Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) in this month.
"We had appointed 16 judges who
sitting in eight different rooms judged the Quran recitation and Quran memorisation skills of the 236
contestants who had come from various Madaris and Islamic schools in
Maharashtra", Maulana Daryabadi said.
"A total of 50 participants were
selected in the first round that ended at 03:00 in the morning on
August 27. Out of these 50 contestants, 6 participants were chosen
for the final round that held at the same venue on August 28. Out of
these 6, top 5 participants were awarded special prizes whereas
other participants were given consolation prizes", he
The entire competition – organised
jointly by Aqdas Welfare Association and Mumbai Aman Committee, had
many novelties in its nature. The competition that kicked off August
26 at 06:00 in the morning was divided in two parts namely, Quran
recitation and Quran Memorisation. The contestants, who were
Huffaz and Qaris – those who have memorised the entire Quran with skills to recite perfectly, had to recite randomly from
the Holy Quran, which has hundreds of verses in a total of 30
Hundreds of people from all across
Maharashtra were present at Hajj House throughout the competition
considered as one of the biggest Quran competitions on the Indian
soil in recent history.
The organisers along with making
excellent arrangements for every small and big thing also conferred
fabulous prizes on the winners. The first prize in both the
categories was Rs. 5, 51,786 and the second and third prizes were 3,
51,786 and 2, 51,786 respectively. The contestants who ranked fourth
and fifth positions were given returned ticket for this year’s Haj.
The organisers did not stop here. They gave away Rs. 11,000 each to
the contestants who ranked 6th position and also a sum of
Rs. 5,000 to those who reached to the third round and Rs. 2,100 each
to those who in the second round.
plan for next year
The organisers who gave away a whopping 3.4 million
rupees as prize for the competition announced they would be
arranging the competition every year.
the next year too the competition will be organised during Ramadan
and we will be distributing a prize of more than 5 million Indian
rupees", Chairman of Aqdas Welfare Association Mohd Ali
declared at the end of the competition.
Show of unity
The three-day Quran Recitation and
Memorisation competition besides excellent show of Quranic skills
demonstrated by the participants also saw a strong display of unity.
Commoners and leaders from every Muslim sect were present during the
contest that lasted for three days.
On one hand community bigwigs like
AIUDF Chief and MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi and Maulana Ghulam
Mohammad Wastanvi of Madrasa Ishatul Uloom Akkalkuwa graced the
occasion, leaders like Minister of Minorities Welfare Department
Arif Naseem Khan and former minister Baba Siddiqui and others did
not miss the chance to be at the venue. Equally strong presence was
of the clerics and people from both Shia and Sunni sects.