International Qur’aan Recital Award (IQRA) 2017 Info and Registration

Type of competition

Contestants will be judged on their ability to recite the Qur’aan beautifully in Mujawwad/ Tajweed (very slow pace) form. Participants who do not recite according the required pace will automatically be disqualified. As this is not a Hifdh (memorization) competition, contestants may recite from an open Mus’haf (Qur’aan) and do not need to be fully Haafidh in order to participate. Contestants are allowed to recite other than the recitation of Hafs ‘an Asim (eg. Qaloon, Warsh, etc) but may only follow one form of Qiraa’aat during the presentation.

Conditions of participation:

South African nationals residing in Kwa- Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Gauteng has to be counted among the winners of the regional competitions in order to gain entry into the event. Only foreign nationals (who live within South Africa or abroad) and reciters from the Western Cape and the other remaining provinces will be allowed to participate in the preliminary round (21- 23 Sept). The application forms should reach us before the deadline for entries.

Categories of participation:

1. Male section:The male category is divided in four age groups (U15, U18, U23, and 24yrs +). The age group is considered as per your age after 30 June for the current year. So if (for example) you turn 16 between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, you will fall in the U18 category. Please note that the organisers might change (lower or rise) the (age) categories in accordance with the amount of participants in the competition or based on the outcome of any preliminary screenings.
2. Female section:The female section is an open- aged category of only one round. Females are advised not to participate if they are experiencing their menses.
3. Champs of Champs section:This is an open- aged category that is exclusive for the first place winners of the 2014/ 15/ 16 competitions.

Deadline for submitting of application forms
Outside of South Africa Outside the Western Cape Within the Western Cape
08 September 11 September 11 Sept females, 15 Sept Males


All events will take place at Masjidul Mieftaagh, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town
Contestants to be on time for registration, at least 20min before start
of program
Will receive verses for recitation by Date of recitation Time Time Limit
Min Max
Female Prelim Thurs, 14 Sept (after Ishaa) Sun, 17 Sept After Thur 3.5min 5min
Female Finals Sun 17 Sept (after Prelim) Thurs, 21 Sept After Maghrib 4min 6min
Male U15 Prelim Tues 19 Sept (after Ishaa) Thurs, 21 Sept After Maghrib 3.5min 5min
Male U18 Prelim Wed 20 Sept (after Ishaa) Fri, 22 Sept After Maghrib 3.5min 5min
Male U23 Prelim Thurs 21 Sept (after Ishaa) Sat, 23 Sept 9am 4min 6min
Male 24+ Prelim Thurs 21 Sept (after Ishaa) Sat, 23 Sept 11am 5min 7min
Male U15 Finals Thurs, 21 Sept (after Prelim) Sat, 23 Sept After Maghrib 3.5min 5min
Male U18 Finals Fri, 22 Sept (after Prelim) Sat, 23 Sept After Maghrib 4min 6min
Male U23 Final Sat, 23 Sept (after Prelim) Sun, 24 Sept 10am 5min 7min
Male 24+ Final Sat, 23 Sept (after Prelim) Sun, 24 Sept 11:30am 6min 8min
Please take note of the following in preparation of your recital:

Tajweed- Commandments/ Ahkaam (40 points): Points will be deducted for each non- observance of a particular Tajweed rule. If the
participant makes a mistake that changes the meaning of the word and rectifies it in the same breath, he loses two points. If he repeats the verse with a new breath, three points will be deducted, and should he continue to the next verse without rectifying the mistake, the adjudication panel will correct him and up to 30 points will be deducted.

Tajweed- Eloquence/ Fasaaha (20 points): Points will be deducted for not observing correct stopping at the proper places. A point will also be deducted for repeating a verse. Ten points will be lost for breathing while reciting a verse.

Lah’n/ Beautiful presentation (25 points): Points will be deducted for repeating the same tune, for reciting with unusual tunes, and for applying a rhythm, style and tune variation that is not beautiful. The participant however gains up to four points (every time) when the tune conforms and corresponds with the meaning of the verse and if he completes all the levels of a maqaam.

Saut/ Voice (15 points): Points will be deducted for nervousness, screaming, reading through the nose, unclear, broken or non- flexibility of the voice and for weak breath control. One point will also be deducted for every minute that the contestant goes overtime.

Time limit: A point will be deducted for every 30 seconds that the contestant overstep the time limit or if the contestant does not reach the minimum time allocation of the recital.

General guidelines:

All applicants will receive an SMS/ email confirming that their application form has been received. Participants should check their emails to ensure that they receive their verses for preparation on the allocated date. Participants must be on time at all events and are advised to be well prepared and strive to give their best. Each contestant will receive a name tag on the day of his/her appearance. This tag should be visible at all times whenever you enter the competition venue. A Qur’aan will be provided at the venue, but you are allowed to use your own Qur’aan. At the time of appearance, you will be seated on the platform introducing yourself as follows: ‘Assalaamu Alaikum. My name is ___________ from _______________ (town, country) and I will be reciting from Surah _____, verse _______.’ A green light will indicate that you may commence with your introduction, whilst an orange light will show that you have one minute left, followed by a red light indicating that your time has expired. Contestants are not allowed to recite verses other than those that were allocated, nor may they add other verses (eg. from another Juz or Surah) to their recitation. If the allocated verse is close to the end of a Surah/ Juz, the contestant may continue into the next Surah/ Juz, provided the time allocation allows for it. Three participants from each category will qualify as finalists. No contestant (or their parent/ guardian) are allowed to have unnecessary contact with the judges. The expertise, independence, and arbitration of each judge will be respected and absolutely no discussions, rating, or queries regarding a contestant’s performance is to be held with the judges before, during, or after the contest. All queries, complaints, or requests for clarifications are to be directed at the judge president or the administration team. Under all circumstances, the judge’s decision will be considered as final. It is important to maintain a strict discipline and to observe all ritual befitting the people of the Qur’aan. The organisers reserve the right to immediately disqualify any contestant that is found to be smoking, showing inappropriate behaviour, contact with the opposite sex, or involved in any misdemeanour whilst being at the event. South African nationals who win any of the competition categories will be considered to represent the country at international competitions based on the invitations we receive and the criteria as set out by the host countries. We therefore advise you to apply for/ renew (in case of expiry) your South African passport. On behalf of the organisers, panel of judges, and sponsors we wish you all the best- South African Qur’aan Union.
Please keep this form (General information and participant guidelines) for reference. For any further enquiries, please contact (text) 083 277 3216.

On behalf of the organisers, panel of judges, and sponsors we wish you all the best. – Competition organising committee