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November 27, 2011

The World Cup, Muslim style!

by Simple Muslimah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Entrants from all over the world battling against one another.

1st place for the most impressive contender.

A demanding panel of judges to please.

It can only be an international tournament and this one isn’t for the faint hearted! 

One of the unique things about the Quran compared to the scriptures of other religions is that it is not just a book we read.  The literal meaning of ‘Al Quran’ in Arabic is The Recitation.

The revelation of the Quran took the form of Angel Jibreel reciting it to Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم  and then Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم in turn taught his companions by reciting it to them.  Today the Quran is still preserved in the hearts of those believers who have memorised it in its entirety, as well as being available in written form.

Every Muslim has not memorised the entire Quran by heart, but there is a whole Islamic science devoted to the topic of the recitation of the Quran, known as Tajweed, so anyone who recites it, recites it correctly.  Although there are different styles of recitations, they all obey the rules of Tajweed.  Today Muslims the world over, regardless of their mother tongue, recite the Quran in its original Arabic form.

We love the book of Allah so much we even compete with one another in its recitation and consider it an honour to be of the best of those who recite!

If there was a Muslim World Cup, it would pretty much look like the awesome Dubai International Holy Quran Award mashaAllah.  Only those who have memorised the entire Quran by heart can enter this annual competition and even then all applicants have to pass through a number of gruelling rounds before making the final.  Here, the best of the best face each other off until the winner is pronounced.

 Visually challenged Abdullah Mohammad Salem from Qatar reciting the Quran during the competition

How does the competition work?  The judges recite a handful of verses from the Quran (or even just one line) and it is then up to the competitor to recognise where in the Quran their designated quote is from and to continue with the recitation until stopped by the judges- all by memory without a written copy of the Quran in sight!

In the next post I will link to some of this years finalists.  Check out the videos to listen to the amazing recitations mashaAllah– and to discover the winner of course!

And what I also love about this competition, is that it reflects all the beautiful faces, colours and cultures of Islam.  Check out the videos to see what I mean :).

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