Still on a high from his win at the 9th Annual Quran Memorisation Competition, hafith Adeeb Harneker struggles to find words to express his emotion. The Capetonian qari took top honours as best reciter of the full Quran category on Saturday at the Nizamiye masjid in Midrand.
Speaking to VOC News on Tuesday, Harneker said it was an honour to recite amongst some of the countries top huffath and although the competition was tight, expressed satisfaction with the outcome. He credited his success with consistency over a long period of time, as well as the teachers at the Al Ameen Institute.
“I want to thank my teachers who prepared me for the competition as well as the principal of the Al Ameen hafith Institute, Sheikh Allie Davids. May Allah give him long life so that he can continue to teach Quran for many years to come insha Allah,” he said.
The down-to-earth youngster said he was overwhelmed to have recited in the presence of the imam of the Haram in Makkah, Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Ghamdi. But he stressed the importance of having to cut himself off from people when reciting, as well as having the right intention when reading the Quran.
Fellow Capetonian Ighsaan Basadien came up tops in the 5 Juz, with the 10 Juz category won by Muhammed Bhamjee of Nelspruit. 11 year old Basadien expressed shock and delight at having won in his respective group. He credited his educator Sheikh Yahya Fredericks, of the Al Ameen Hafith Institute, with having taught and honed his Quranic recitations skills.
Basadien also admitted to being slightly nervous and overwhelmed at having to recite in front of the esteemed Sheikh Al-Ghamdi, but said the overall experience was nice. He also had advise for future participants in the competition, urging them to stay dedicated to perfecting their recitation.
As a result of their victory, all three competitors will have the honour of representing South Africa at the 36th King Abdul Azeez International Quraan Memorisation competition, to be held inside the Haram in November.
Basadien, who received an all expenses trip for two to the Kingdom, admitted to be excited at the prospect of participating in the competition, and representing the country. Harneker shared similar sentiments about the competition.
“I feel very blessed alhamdullilah. It will also be an opportunity to perform an umrah and also to try my best in the musaabaqa (Competition ),” he said.
The event was hosted by the South African National Quran Committee (SANQC) and Religious Attache of the the Royal Saudi Embassy. The show piece event, broadcast live on VOC, was attended by a number of top guests, including South African deputy minister of Basic Education, Anver Surtee and prominent local scholar, Mufti Ismail Menk. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)