VOC’s Born To Serve presenter, Dr Qari Muhammed Sheik, has pulled off a great feat by walking away as the “Best African Quran Reciter” and finalist of the Bahrain International Hifz Memorization Competition.
He’s definitely no stranger to these contests, as he proved yet again to be the best in his field to have represented the Republic of South Africa in the Full Qurān category (30 Juz) at various international competitions, most notably, the one witnessed this week.
Qari Muhammed, a 5th year medical student at the renowned University of Stellenbosch, adopted his own unique way of recitation that mesmerised the fully packed audience filled with royal dignitaries, His Highness, deputy PM Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Qur’aanic organisers from various countries and Qurraa of the Noble Quran.
This is a huge celebratory landmark once again for the South African Muslim community at large, especially for Qari Muhammed Sheik, as he is the 1st ever South African to participate, by invitation of the Ministry, due to his
exemplary exploits at other international Hifz contests, and that too, to have contesed the finals, predominantly filled with contestants whose home tounge is Arabic, and be judged the Best African Quraan Reciter of 2016.
He was awarded formal invitations to grace International Hifz Memorization Competitions hosted in other Gulf countries and in Britain. Qari Muhammed is a true servant of Quran, but also sees to needs of the Muslim students in Southern Africa, for he serves as the vice president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA).
Abdullah Achmat Al-Fawāid, deputy chair of the Quraan Ministry in the Kingdom of Bahrain, was full of praise for his government’s efforts and wise leadership in taking on the gigantic task of having hosted this prestigious event, wherein 64 participants from 64 various countries gathered in one place to contest this auspicious award.
He also offered his deepest gratitude to all employees of the organizing committee for their dedication and efforts, simultaneously praising the jury, which included a constellation of religious scholars and elders of the Quran from various countries around the world.
The finals took place on Saturday – Tuesday, from the 26th to 29th November; whereupon the closing and awards ceremony had taken place on Thursday, 1st December 2016 AD, at the Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Centre and was broadcast live on Bahrain’s national TV and radio stations.
(Source: Hidaayatul Quraan Digital, Saudi Arabia)