16 September 2017
27 Dhul-Hijjah 1438
The 9th Tilaawatul Quran Competition, presented by Madrasah As-Soabereen’s Qir’ath Team (Girls) was held on 16th September 2017 at the MPH in Masjid An-Nahdhah. With over 100 attendees, 24 participants and 4 judges, the event was a great success. Alhamdulillah.
The objective of the annual Tilaawatul Quran competition is to allow children, from the age of 5, to parents to display their talents in Quran recitation confidently with rhythm and enunciation. This wonderful platform that enables all to shine, regardless of age; infalliably inspires others to improve on their Quranic recitation. Over the years, the impact has been multiplying in signifance with the improved quality of the competitors.
For the participants to battle competitively, the competition this year was organised with 6 categories; whereby students from both Yishun and Bishan branches were able to compete it in:
1) Kindergarten Catergory
2) Lower Primary Category
3) Upper Primary Category
4) Lower Secondary Category
5) Upper Secondary & Above Category
6) Parents Category
The event kickstarted promptly with Surah Al-Fatihah; the Opener of Al-Quran. Subsequently, the audience were warmly welcomed via a speech given by our Guest-of-Honour, Ustazah Aysha Gany. She shared the history behind the annual Qir’ath competitions, reminiscing the inauguratation in 2006 by the pioneers of the Qir’ath team.
The competition’s history dates back to 2006 –
2006 – 2007: Very small scale competitions were organised
2008 – 2013: Big scale competitions were incorporated within Annual Family Camps
2009 – Present: Students have been called for special training sessions at 12pm at both Yishun and Bishan branches.
2014 – Present: Big scale competitions have been held on seperate day, to reach out to a bigger audience.
Following the quick glimpse of the past, IMSSA’s second youngest level, a student from Kindergarten 1, started off the competition. The audience were mesmorised by the little kindergartners, who recited beautifully with Tajweed and Tarteel. Truly an inspiration to many! Succeedingly, 8 Primary school children boldly went up on stage to deliver their well-prepared surahs.
Any event will need a break, to ensure audience remain captivated. The atmosphere at the MPH reversed with a short bingo game for the audience to challenge. The simple yet, engaging game helped to relieve some of the elder tensed participants.
Following the short-lived fun, participants from the Parents class were geared up to recite their respective surahs from the Quran with Tarannum. They proved that age is just a number!
The Azan for Asar prayers was heard; denoting the time for break for the audience to pray and to feast on the spread laid for tea break. With a wide array of dishes prepared by our beloved Ustazahs and volunteers, the attendees immensely enjoyed themselves.
With warm hearts and filled stomachs, our guests returned to their seats to watch the rest of the program. After a fun-filled game, the competition resumed with the competitors from the Upper Secondary category. While the judges tabulated the competitors’ scores, 4 young girls performed a skit on the benefits of attending madrasah. Thereafter, a group of children performed a beautiful baith, titled “Tala’ al Badru ‘Alayna” that was well enjoyed by the audience.
Constructive feedbacks are always essential for improvement. Hence, the judges shared their feedback with the audience, mainly focusing on rectification of the common mistakes that have been repeated annually.
Thereupon, with wise words shared succintly and charismatically by Hazrath on Quranic recitation, all attendees have been further motivated to continually improve on their recitation. Thus, we anticipate for improved quality of competitors’ delivery next year.
The end of Hazrath’s speech brought us to the end of the programme; the much-awaited prize presentation. The children were very excited to receive their hampers and trophies as all participants had take-aways for the day.
Alhamdulillah, the event was a huge success because of the great support given by Ustazahs, students and parents. InshaAllah as we continue to conduct our lessons to allow any interested individuals to improve their Qur’an recitation with correct Makharij, Tajweed and Tarannum, we seek to groom more Qari(s) and Qariah(s).
Next year will be our 10th anniversary. Stay connected and look forward to our unique 10th Tilaawatul Quran Competition!