9-year-old wins Qur’an recitation competition

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A-nine-year-old girl, Nuroh Nasir, has bagged the Faith Unites Muslims Charity Initiatives (FUMCI)’s Children Award for Excellence in Qur’an Recitation and Islamic Practice 2020.

The sixth edition of the annual competition, themed ‘Recipe for the making of Godly children’, was held in Lagos last weekend with the support of the Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji Foundation.

It had contestants drawn from the five divisions of Lagos State, competing for prizes in Adab, Salat, Fiqh, Qur’an, Hadeeth.

Nuroh, who represented Ketu, Alapere in Ikosi-Isheri local council, had won the 2019 edition of the competition and was awarded N100, 000 and other consolation prizes.

Again this year, she defeated 31 other contestants from the five divisions of Lagos State to clinch the prizes.

Speaking during the prize presentation to winners, Amir of FUMCI, AbdulMuiz Zubayr, commended all the contestants for their brilliance and their parents for exposing them to Islamic knowledge.

In his lecture, the Mudir, Darul-Naim Schools, Sheikh AbdulMajeed Imran Eleha, urged Muslims to select religious and morally upright spouses in order to raise pious children.

“Couples that desire righteous children must carefully select their partners. The kind of partner you chose and the moral uprightness and the level of religiosity of both partners are the sole determinant of the kind of children you will beget. You must make findings about the family background with special focus on how religious they are in that family.

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“Less emphasis should be placed on beauty, wealth and influence but we should be on the lookout for our prospective partner’s closeness to Allah in worship because whatever his/her inadequacies are will be taken care of by the religion. So, if you desire a righteous child, go for a man or woman that has both religion and good moral.

“The second step is for Nikkai to be organised according to the dictates of the shariah. This entails the intending husband with his family to seek the consent of the parents of the woman in marriage in the presence of witnesses from both families. The consent of the parents is very important.

“The third requirement for a righteous child after Nikkai is for the husband to supplicate to Allah for the good of the marriage and ward off all evils. This is the Sunnah of the Prophet. All these three steps are to be taken prior to rearing children,” the scholar said.

During the presentation of prizes to winners, the Amir of FUMCI, AbdulMuiz Zubayr, commended all the contestants for their brilliance and praised their parents for exposing them to the knowledge of Islam and the Qur’an.

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Zubayr identified lack of adequate understanding of the Qur’an and the hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad as one of the causes of moral decadence among Muslim children and youths.

He said, “I commend all the winners in all the five categories, particularly in the Qur’an and Hadeeth categories, for the display of excellent recitation skills in Qur’an recitation and commentary on Hadeeth.

Other winners in other categories – Zainab Akinola (Salat), Umar Akinola (Qur’an), Haleemah Mohammed (Adab) and AbdulMalik Quasim (Fiqh) – were presented with prizes ranging from cash to home appliances.

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