Qari Abdullah Saleem
Ameen Agha of Iraq, who stood first in Sixth International
Musabeqa Qir’at Qur’an-e-Kareem, receiving prize from Maulana
Muhammad Saeed Mujaddadi, Rector Dar-ul-Uloom Taj-ul-Masajid,
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Qari Abdullah Saleem Ameen Agha of war-torn Iraq bagged the first
prize in the Sixth International Musabeqa (Contest) Qir’at
Qur’an-e-Kareem which was held here in Bhopal, the capital of
central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh .
Qari Abdullah Agha was presented a
cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- and a certificate while Qari Abbas Hashmi
of Iran and Qari Abu Saleh Musa of Bangladesh were declared joint
second as they logged equal points awarded by “Hakams” (judges).
They were given cash prizes of Rs. 15000/- each and certificates.
Since there were two Qurra who were declared second as such there
was no third prize.
While Qari Farhat Sultan of Rampur
(India) and Qari Muhammad of England were placed fourth and fifth
respectively and received cash prize of Rs. 5000/- each and
certificates. All the participants including the winners and
runners-up were presented a memento and a number of gift items.
Three local Qurra namely Qari Muhammad
Mazhar of Madarsa Zeenat-ul-Qur’an, Qari Muhammad Shakir of Jamia
Islamia Tarjum-e-Wali Masjid and Qari Muhammad Rizwan of Dar-ul-Uloom
Taj-ul-Masajid were given cash of Rs. 2000/- each as consolation
The two-day Sixth International
Musabeqa Qir’at Qur’an Kareem which concluded in the wee hours of
Sunday was organized by Aalamee Anjuman-e-Zeenat-ul-Qur’an. In the
competition the Qurra were asked to recite the holy Qur’an in two
different ways viz. “Tarteel” and “Hadar” styles. The Ayats (verses)
of the Holy Qur’an were selected through a draw which each
contestant picked up after his name was called out to perform before
an overflowing audience in Iqbal maidan. Maulana Mufti Mohammad
Fazil, Bhopal Shahar Mufti, helped the contestants to pick up the
draw for reciting verses from the Holy Qur’an. It goes to the credit
of the huge gathering that listened the recitals of the holy Qur’an
till the wee hours in pin-drop silence.
In all 17 Qurra from Iraq, Iran,
England, Bangladesh and from all over India participated in the
competition. The Indian Qurra were from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,
Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West
Bengal and host Madhya Pradesh. The guiding spirit of this
competition is sitting Congress MLA (lawmaker) Syed Arif Aqueel who
coolly supervised the proceedings on the stage while Abdul Hafeez
Khan, chairman of Aalamee Anjuman-e-Zeenat-ul-Qur’an, compeered with
aplomb. The program was presided over by Maulana Muhammad Saeed
Mujaddadi, Rector Dar-ul-Uloom Taj-ul-Masajid, Bhopal.
Qari Meraaj from Mumbai, Qari Aftab
from Deoband and Qari Salahuddin of Mazahir-ul-Uloom from Saharanpur
were judges for the Musabeqa.
It may be pointed out here that Qir’at
is an art of reading the Holy Qur’an according to Tajweed (proper
pronunciation) rules. A person is called Qari (plural Qurra )who has
perfected this art by learning the phonetics of Arabic language in
which the Holy Qur’an has been revealed to Prophet of Islam Hazrat
Meanwhile, Qari Abdullah, a resident
of Mosul town about 400 kms from Baghdad who came first in the
competition, before reciting the verses from the Holy the Qur’an
addressed the audience in Arabic, his mother tongue. While being
overwhelmed by the large turn out to listen the recitation of the
Holy Qur’an, he narrated with pain and agony, which was writ large
on his face, the sufferings of the people of Iraq due to the ongoing
violence heaped on his country by the United States of America. He
asked the assemblage to pray to the Almighty Allah for peace and
tranquility to return to Iraq and the country comes out of the
clutches of USA.
Later, Maulana Muhammad Saeed
Mujaddadi, before delivering his presidential address, assured Qari
Abdullah that people of India including Bhopal will pray for the
well being of people of Iraq.
Qari Abbas Hashmi, who stood second,
is a civil engineer and hails from Bushar town in Iran. He was
accompanied by Qari Muhammad Yaseen, an official of Iran Culture
House, New Delhi. Qari Yaseen acted as an interpreter for Qari
Maulana Muhammad Saeed Mujaddadi in
his presidential address while throwing light on the message of the
Holy Qur’an said it preaches the followers of Islam to fulfill
others rights, administer justice and treat fellow human beings with
humility irrespective of their beliefs, caste or creed. The Holy
Qur’an’s message is universal and is not confined to Muslims only,
The dates of the seventh edition of
Musabeqa Qir’at Qur’an-e-Kareem to be held next year were also
announced on the occasion. Next year the program shall be held
Insha’Allah on October 15 and 16, 2010.
Digvijay Singh, general secretary All
India Congress Committee and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh,
felicitated all the participants of the competition with shawls on
behalf of the organizers. Speaking on the occasion he said as per
Indian Constitution government cannot interfere in “Deeni Taleem”
(religious education) in Madarsas. He appealed people to maintain
communal harmony and not fall prey to certain forces, which are hell
bent to sow seeds of dissension between Muslims and Hindus.
Singh on Arif Aqueel’s request assured
to make the next International Musabaqa Qir’at Qur’an-e-Kareem more
broad-based by doing his bit in getting visas for the competitors
from many more countries.