Report: The 13th Annual Quran Recitation Competition in Japan, 2012

Dec 31, 2012
The 13th Annual Quran Recitation Competition in Japan took place at the Arabic Islamic Institute, Tokyo on Monday December 31, 2012. The event started at 1:30pm and ended at 1am (1st Jan 2013). This event was organized by Japan Islamic Trust, Masjid Otsuka with the cooperation of the Arabic Islamic Institute, Tokyo and was well-supported by The Holy Quran Memorization Organization, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (بجدة لهيئة العالمية لتحفيظ القرآن الكريم ا رابطة العالم الإسلامي). We express our gratitude towards Dr. Khaled Bin Naser (Director of Arabic Islamic Institute) and Dr. Abdulaziz Turkistani (Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tokyo) for their special cooperation and assistance in this regard. We also thank Fadilat Al Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Ali Basfar, Secretary General of Holy Quran Memorization International Organization, Jeddah for his massive support regarding the work of Quran Karim in Japan. This event has been taking place for the past thirteen years but the number of participants this year, was incredibly huge. More than 400-450 people attended the program, including both, participants and their parents. Thus, this was the biggest event of its type in the history of Japan.
A group picture of the participants, judges and special guests

A group picture of the participants, judges and special guests

There were 7 different categories of participants based on the 7 different levels of memorization of the Holy Quran which are as following;

Level 1: memorized more than 1 Surah Level 2: memorized more than half Juz Level 3: memorized more than one Juz Level 4: memorized more than two Juz Level 5: memorized more than three Juz Level 6: memorized more than five Juz Level 7 : memorized the complete Holy Quran Karim There were several judges from different parts of Tokyo who graded the students. The panel of judges kept changing for each level and in order to avoid bias and favoritism, the management made sure that the judges did not grade their own students. The students were awarded marks based on how well they memorized the Holy Quran, their pronunciation and grammar.
Panel of Judges

Panel of Judges

Names of all the judges who assessed the participants are as following: 1. Sheikh Waleed Alavi , Saudi Arab 2. Sheikh Noor Ullah ,Imam, Tokyo Camii 3. Sheikh Ahmed Maeno , Japan 4. Sheikh Tareq Fatyani , Syria 5. Sheikh Anas G. Aljumaily , Iraq 6. Sheikh Nasrullah , Imam, Ashikaga Mosque 7. Sheikh Abdul Qadir , Imam, Mie Masjid 8. Sheikh Shuja ur Rahman , Imam, Masjid Otsuka 9. Sheikh Sabir , Imam, Masjid Gamo Mosque 10. Mufti Anas , Imam Shin Anjo Masjid 11. Sheikh Hafiz Salman Tanvi , Pakistan There were three main winners for each level and each one of them received a Digital Holy Quran and a certificate of excellence and appreciation too. Besides this, a special dinner coupon of different Halal restaurants in Tokyo, were given to the 4th position holders in each level. In general, all participants of all levels received some gifts as a token of encouragement for the future. Not to mention, the final winner of Level 7, Mr.Huzaifa Bashir won two return tickets plus accommodation for an Umrah trip for himself and his father. Again, he is the first Hafiz of his age in the history of Japan, Mashaallah. We pray to Allah (Swt) that the number of Hafiz graduates increases at a snowballing rate every year.

Detailed details of all the winners are as following;

Level 1 : 1st Position: Shahbaz 2nd Position: Khandoker Ali Mueiz 3rd Position: Nour Mohammad Fatehy 4th Position: Mohammad Yusuf Fawad , Japan Level 2 : 1st Position: Muslimah Abrar , Azerbaijan 2nd Position: Tarkeel ahmed Abouelmagd, Egypt 3rd Position: Ms. Rizna Rameez , Sri Lanka 4th Position: Mohamed Salim , Japan Level 3 : 1st Position: Baiyyinah Mohammad Sohail 2nd Position: Mohammad Tamim , Bangladesh 3rd Position: Ahmed Aqsath , Sri Lanka 4th Position: Ahmad Haroon Qureshi Level 4 : 1st Position: Jawahir Abrar , Azerbaijan 2nd Position: Dyah Karomatul Asyiah 3rd Position: Zaid Anas , Sri Lanka 4th Position: Essan Mohammad Usama Level 5 : 1st Position: Abdullah Hasan Qureshi Iijima , Japan 2nd Position: Ms Shurela Tajrian , Bangladesh 3rd Position: Ibrahim Bin Haroon Qureshi Iijima , Japan 4th Position: Essah Mohammad Isa Level 6 : 1st Position: Usaid Walid , Saudi Arabia 2nd Position: Mohammad Ali Riaz , Kawasaki , Japan 3rd Position: Muhammad Mahroof , Bangladeh Level 7 : 1st Position: Huzaifah Bashir 2nd Position: Inamul Hasan Mohammad Sohail 3rd Position: Ahmad Alian Moreover, there was media coverage by a local News Channel in addition to the live streaming of the complete event on our official website for those who could not attend the event. The Chief Guest of this mega event was the Honorable Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Japan. His presence in this program was a matter of great pride and honor for both the management and the audience. His powerful speech boosted the morale of the participants and stimulated them to work even harder. Mr. & Mrs. Ambassador also gave some generous cash prizes to certain participants which helped motivate them further.
Mr. Ambassador delivering his influential speech

Mr. Ambassador delivering his influential speech

A group picture of the participants, parents, organizers with the Honorable Ambassador

A group picture of the participants, parents, organizers with the Honorable Ambassador

Despite being the New Year Eve, when families visit their hometowns, the turnout of people was enormous. People came from all over Japan and not just Tokyo. To conclude, we thank everyone for helping us make this event a great success; management, volunteers, participants, supporters and the wonderful audience. May Allah (Swt) reward everyone for their effort.

Pictures of 1st position holders

Muslima Abrar (Azerbaijan) : Level 2

Muslima Abrar (Azerbaijan) : Level 2

Baiyyinah Mohammad Sohail (Pakistan) : Level 3

Baiyyinah Mohammad Sohail (Pakistan) : Level 3

Jawahir Abrar (Azaerbaijan) : Level 4

Jawahir Abrar (Azaerbaijan) : Level 4

Usaid Walid, Saudi Arabia : Level 6

Usaid Walid, Saudi Arabia : Level 6

Abdullah Hasan Qureshi Iijima, Japan : Level 5

Abdullah Hasan Qureshi Iijima, Japan : Level 5

Usaid Walid, Saudi Arabia : Level 6

Usaid Walid, Saudi Arabia : Level 6

Huzaifah Bashir, Pakistan : Level 7

Huzaifah Bashir, Pakistan : Level 7

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