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The International Quran Recital Competition or Tilawah Al-Quran is the international Islamic Quran recital event that is held annually since 1961 in Malaysia.
Tunku Abdul Rahman (first Malaysian premier) was a founder of the International Quran Recital Competition. The program was started on 9 March 1961 at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur and 7 countries took part in this competition including Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Sarawak and Malaya.
Winners of the competition are rewarded with generous cash prizes and certificates of achievement presented in the Prize Giving Ceremony which immediately follows the competition.
19th Annual UK Competition for Boys
All entries must be received by 18 May 2014.
The competition will be held on Sunday, 7 September 2014.
Competition venue: Madina Masjid, Mount Pleasant Trust Purwell Lane Batley WF17 7NQ
There are 3 categories for entry into the competition:
Group A , Complete Quran - Hifz of complete Quran
First prize £5000
Second prize £3200
Third prize £2000
Runner Up 1 £1000
Runner Up 2 £1000
Group B , First 20 Ajza - Hifz of the first 20 Ajza
First prize £3700
Second prize £1600
Third prize £1000
Runner Up 1 £700
Runner Up 2 £700
Group C , First 10 Ajza - Hifz of the first 10 Ajza
First prize £2200
Second prize £1100
Third prize £800
Runner Up 1 £500
Runner Up 2 £500
Sunday 7th September 2014
08.30am – 01.30pm The Competition
01.30pm – 03.00pm Salatul Zuhr & Lunch
03.00pm – 05.00pm Awards Presentation
The contestants should not be over 22 years of age on the 7th September 14.
Refreshments will be served throughout the day.
The largest mosque in France and the third largest in Europe, the Great Mosque of Paris (Grande Mosquee De Paris) is located in the Fifth Arrondissement, right in the heart of Paris. In fact, it is just a little more than a mile from Notre Dame.
The mosque was founded in 1926 as a token of gratitude, after World War I, to the Muslim tirailleurs from France’s colonial empire, of whom some 100,000 died fighting against Germany. The mosque was built following the mudéjar style, and its minaret is 33 meters high. It was inaugurated by President Gaston Doumergue on 15 July 1926. Ahmad al-Alawi (1869–1934), an Algerian Sufi, founder of the modern Sufi order Darqawiyya Alawiyya, a branch of the Shadhiliyya, led the first communal prayer to inaugurate the newly built mosque in the presence of the French president.
During World War II (when France was occupied by Nazi Germany), under its rector Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the mosque served as a secret refuge for Jews, providing them shelter, safe passage, and fake Muslim birth certificates.
The Great Mosque of Paris is located at Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 5e, (5th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 administrative districts) in the Latin Quarter near Jardin des Plantes and the Institut de Monde Arabe.
Guided tours are offered throughout the day without a prior reservation; however, the tours are in French. So, while they are quite informative, unless you speak French, you won’t get the full benefit of the guided tour. Saturdays tend to be the busiest so you might wish to avoid that day. If you go throughout the week, try and arrive exactly when the doors open, which is usually 9:30 a.m.
Today, this Mosque plays an important social role for Muslims in Europe. According to the Institute of the Arab World’s registry of Mosques, there are only about 121 mosques throughout France, which is a very small number when you consider there are more than 5 million Muslims living in France.
Considering it the center of their sizable community, Muslims in Edmonton are celebrating the diamond jubilee of Canada’s first mosque.
“We want to send a message to the whole community, to thank them for what they did for Al Rashid Mosque from the beginning,” Khalid Tarabain, president of the Canadian Islamic Center and Al Rashid Mosque, told Leader-Post on Tuesday, May 21.
The celebration will start with a lunch that brings together nearly 400 guests, including Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, Calgary Mayor Na-heed Nenshi and members of the city’s Christian and Jewish communities.
Several events will also be hosted over the next few months to celebrate the milestone, culminating with a gala in November.
Built in 1938 to serve first Muslim immigrants, Al Rashid mosque is Canada’s first Muslim worship place.
“People were congregating in somebody’s home or a hall that they could utilize, until the purpose-built mosque was completed in 1938,” said Sine Chadi, whose ancestors came to Canada from Lebanon in 1895 and were involved in building the iconic mosque.
By the 1980s, Al Rashid mosque had fallen into disrepair and the city was contemplating demolition of the site.
But in 1991, it was decided to move the mosque to Fort Edmonton Park at a cost of $75,000.
About a year later on May 28, 1992 it was reopened in the park to accommodate the more than 20,000 Muslims living in Edmonton at that time.
Muslims hailed efforts of Edmonton officials and members of other religious communities in helping raise funds for the mosque.
“If it wasn’t for the mayor of Edmonton, it would have been impossible for us to start it,” Tarabain said.
Though new worship places have been built across the city, Al Rashid Mosque still remains the center of the Muslim community in Edmonton.
“The mosque was, and still is, a centre for the community,” Chadi said.
“People come in and hold events there, whatever it may be. It could be a funeral, a wedding, a speaker coming, or it could be for prayer.”
Tarabain, opines that Al Rashid mosque remains “the mother organization” for 80,000 Muslims in Edmonton.
“We have 15 worship places across the city, but everybody always comes back to Al Rashid Mosque for the big services,” Tarabain said.
The services Al Rashid Mosque offers have expanded over the years to include the Edmonton Islamic Academy, a $23-million facility that opened in 2006 to serve students enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 12.
Yet, Tarabain wants to restore the original community spirit that first defined the mosque.
“It was a hub, not just for Muslims but for the community. We used to have social dinners, and we want to bring that spirit back,” he said.
“The culture of the mosque to begin with was to work with other communities and be together.”
He also hopes the mosque will continue to play an important part in the lives of Edmontonians, as it has for the past 75 years.
“It’s the center of mine and my family’s life,” Tarabain said.
“The mosque is not just a place of worship. It’s a cultural place, to connect with other communities. It’s an identity. It’s feeling and being good as a Muslim and as a Canadian, and participating in society.”
Muslims make around 1.9 percent of Canada’s 32.8 million population, and Islam is the number one non-Christian faith in the north-American country.
A survey has showed the overwhelming majority of Muslims are proud to be Canadian.
LIGHT WITHOUT FIRE
American Muslims are creating a new model of higher education in the United States. Its cornerstone is Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California state.
MUSCAT DAILY EXCLUSIVE: The making of America’s first Muslim college
American Muslims are creating a new model of higher education in the United States. Its cornerstone is Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California state. Scott Korb takes a close look at this pioneering venture in his splendid new book, Light Without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College.
Scott Korb is a New Yorkbased writer and editor.
He was educated at the University of Wisconsin; Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. He is the author of The Faith Between Us (2007) and Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine (2010). Korb teaches writing at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts and New York University’s (NYU) Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
A professor during a lecture at Zaytuna College
In his latest book, Korb writes about how Zaytuna College came to be – and what it wants to become.
It is a sympathetic portrait of a small community of faith on its journey to build an academic home in America. Korb’s immersion in this community helps us to understand the hopes, the struggles, and the joy of its members.
The motto of Zaytuna College is ‘Where Islam meets America’. It is based on the firm conviction that Muslims and America can be friends and learn from each other. For Zaytuna’s charismatic president – Sheikh Hamza Yusuf – this relationship should be a natural fit.
“America is the best model that we have to have a multifaith, multicultural society. It really is. In many ways, the Islamic civilisation was a precursor to that, because there was a lot of conviviality in the Muslim world.
The idea of peoples living together is really an Islamic thing,” he said. The story of Zaytuna College is a remarkable one. Korb illuminates this story for a broad audience of readers of any faith. Zaytuna College is a sign of vitality and progress in the American Muslim community. Light Without Fire is an invitation to see how it all happened. Scott Korb discusses his new book in this exclusive interview:
What was the inspiration for your new book?
Most basically, the inspiration for the book came from a student in a writing course I teach at New York University. In the years after high school, he’d studied with the scholars at the centre of the book – Imam Zaid Shakir, in particular – looking for ways to make Islam relevant to the big questions facing America. When he brought lessons from his seminary into my classroom at NYU, forcing me to see just how little I actually knew about American Islam in all its diversity, I took it upon myself to see where he’d come from. More people, I thought, need to know about Zaytuna and the people whose lives have been dedicated to creating an academic home for Islam in America.
Who are the founders of Zaytuna College?
Zaytuna College is an experiment in liberal arts education that grew out of Zaytuna Institute, which was founded by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf in the mid-1990s. Yusuf was joined in forming the college by Imam Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian.
What is their vision for the new college?
Zaytuna’s founders share the belief that the only way for Islam to create deep roots in America is through the establishment of Muslim institutions. This college is their effort – through a curriculum that blends the liberal arts with Arabic and Islamic law and theology – to prepare well educated and morally committed men and women to be the nation’s future Muslim leaders, along whatever paths these students travel once they leave the school. It’s not a seminary programme; nor does it situate vocational training in a central place. The current educational philosophy is based on a Great Books model and a unified curriculum.
What difficulties did the founders face in establishing the college?
One difficulty they faced was in moving from the community-based educational model of Zaytuna Institute, which was located in Hayward, California, and formalising a college in Berkeley. It meant leaving behind some longtime members of the community and consolidating the energy of the place into a four-year college with grand ambitions. Another difficulty was getting the first group of Zaytuna College students up to a certain level of Arabic proficiency; this was a real struggle during the school’s first semester. An ongoing difficulty is with funding. The founders are always fundraising from Muslim communities around the country. It’s an endless grind.
How is Zaytuna College preparing its students for ‘Muslim American citizenship’?
The founders believe that a deep training in the liberal arts and a dedication to seeking sacred knowledge in every subject is the best way to prepare students to participate in our democracy and the national project more broadly. First and foremost, the school and the scholars are a daily reminder that America is home.
Does Zaytuna College enjoy broad support from American Muslims?
It’s difficult to say just how broad the support is in terms of numbers. But I know that the founders can go to communities around the country and fill ballrooms with supporters who are held rapt by the lectures and sermons presented, most especially, by Hamza Yusuf.
Do you think Zaytuna College will become a model for future Muslim colleges in America?
My sense is that Zaytuna is more interested now in serving as a model for schools below the college level; they want to inspire Muslim elementary schools and high schools. It’s way too early to know whether other Muslim colleges will follow the path Zaytuna has forged. Alternative educational arrangements – distance learning, weekend retreats, seminary programmes, and so on – are also popping up around the country. What I find so promising is the diversity of approaches and the commitment to building institutions designed to help young Muslims find meaningful ways to engage the world they live in. In that specific way, Zaytuna might be a good model for any college or university.
By Joseph Richard Preville
[Joseph Richard Preville is Assistant Professor of English at University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia]
Kozhikode: In a first of its kind campaign in the state and possibly the country, the Assabah Society for the Blind, Kerala, India is giving door-to-door lessons to the visually impaired in reading the holy Quran in Braille.
The campaign is expected to benefit around 75,000 blind and visually impaired people across the state, who are incapable of reading Arabic in Braille.
P.T. Muhammed Mustafa, a teacher in the Meenchantha Government Vocational Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode and secretary of the Assabah Society, says the campaign mainly aims to help blind people who have not learnt to read the Quran or are incapable of going to institutions to learn it due to lack of assistance, physical disability or age.
The classes were inaugurated on Saturday by S.P. Mammookoya, a 73-year-old blind man, reciting the Quran with the help of Mr P.A. Abdul Kareem, a teacher in the Kolathara Calicut School for the handicapped in Kozhikode.
A teacher of the same school, P.T. Rasiyabi helped A.V. Tasleema of Mankavu, who went blind while studying in Class VIII, recite the Quran in braille.
While female teachers will hold the free classes for women , male trainers will do the same for men every Saturday and Sunday , making them competent in reciting the Quran in braille in three months, according to Mr. Mustafa, who reveals that the association has so far received around 500 applications from the district.
“The braille version of the Quran is not printed here. We import it from the Gulf, ” he explained.