The city of Sydney recently hosted the highly anticipated 2nd National Quran Competition 2024, featuring the top three participants from NSW, WA, VIC, QLD, ACT, and SA, each demonstrating exceptional recitation skills. Al Tadhkirah Institute conducted state-level Ramadan Quran Competitions during Ramadan, with the top three winners from each state invited to the National Quran Competition.

Organised by Al Tadhkirah Institute (ATI), one of Australia’s largest Quranic institutions, and supported by the Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC), a leading Islamic organisation in Australia, the event took place on Saturday 18 May 2024 at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown, Sydney, attracting an audience of distinguished community members, leaders, and religious scholars.

The Judges Panel which comprised of Sheikh Tarek El-Bikai, Sheikh Farhan Kokab and Sheikh Mahamed Abdelkader.

[left to right] Sheikh Mahamed, Sheikh Tarek, Sh Farhan.

In a competitive atmosphere enriched with devotion, 18 finalists were chosen from over 1,500 participants nationwide. The esteemed judging panel comprised of Sheikh Tarek El-Bikai, Principal of Al Bayan Institute; Sheikh Farhan Kokab, Imam of the Islamic Centre Wyong; and Sheikh Mahamed Abdelkader, Director of Al-Furqan Quran Centre Australia.

These scholars utilized their profound expertise to evaluate the participants’ recitation skills, Tajweed (rules of pronunciation and intonation), and overall command of Quranic sciences.

 

[left to right] Dr Rafiqul, Sheikh Shadi, Sheikh Tarek, Dr Ibrahim.

The Prize Giving Ceremony was a momentous occasion, celebrating the participants’ talent and dedication while honoring the rich Islamic heritage.

The ceremony commenced with a Quran recitation by ATI NSW students, followed by a welcoming address from Dr Rafiqul Islam, Chairman of Al Tadhkirah Institute.

Distinguished guests included Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman, President of the Australian National Imams Council, and Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, the Grand Mufti of Australia. Additionally, Mr Arifur Rahman, Director of the Rahima Aziz Foundation, delivered an inspiring speech.

Among the attendees were Engr Monir Hossain, Central Deputy President of IPDC; Mr Mahmud Alam, NSW State President of IPDC; Clr Masud Khalil, Deputy Mayor of Campbelltown City Council; and various ATI State Representatives who contributed significantly to the event’s success.

Farhan Zahin, representing Western Australia, was crowned the champion of the National Quran Competition 2024, impressing the judges with his impeccable recitation and receiving a cash prize of $3,000.

Hafsa Butool from Victoria secured second place, showcasing her exceptional talent and earning $2,000.

Salman Mohammed, also from Victoria, attained third place with his captivating recitation, receiving a prize of $1,000.

The National Quran Competition 2024 extended heartfelt gratitude to the parents of the contestants, whose unwavering support, dedication, and sacrifices were instrumental in fostering the participants’ love for the Quran and their excellence in recitation.

 

 

[left to right] Sh. Mohammad (ATI Secretary), Sheikh Abdur Rahman (WA), Sheikh Nayef (VIC), Br Belal (ACT), Br Habibullah (SA), Br Mizan (NSW), Dr Zakaria (QLD).

This event not only celebrated individual achievements but also underscored the profound significance of the Quran in the lives of Muslims.

It served as a reminder of the importance of understanding and embodying the Quran’s teachings, promoting unity and spirituality within the Australian Muslim community.

Sheikh Abdur Rahman, Assistant Secretary of Al Tadhkirah Institute, addressed the guests, urging collaboration with IPDC and Al Tadhkirah Institute across the country.

The event was then ended with the closing Dua (Islamic prayer) by Sheikh Abdur Rahman.

This event was sponsored by the Rahima Aziz Foundation (RAF) and supported by the Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle Incorporated (IPDC).