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Sunday, August 29, 2010 03:44:32 PM, Imtiyaz Khaleel,

A participant reciting the Holy Quran at the All Maharashtra competition held at Hajj House in Mumbai from August 26-28. The competition is considered as one of the biggest Quran competitions on the Indian soil in recent history.

(Photo: Obaid Khan)

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Mumbai: 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 respectively.  


"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


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 added.


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 chapters.


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. 


Fabulous Prizes

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.


Bigger 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.


"For 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.




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