Scripture: The Quran is our religious scripture revealed to Prophet Muhammad
1400 years ago. This book holds a unique place in the history of
religious scripture because it is the only book which has remained
unchanged from the day it was revealed until today. It is the only
religious scripture, as far as I know, which has been memorised
by millions of its followers throughout the ages. Even today there
is about half a dozen Hafiz within our own community.
Correct Tajweed: One of the requirements of the Quran is that it must be read with
correct pronunciation and sounding. This science of correct recitation
is called Tajweed. All the centres teach the Quran with correct
Tajweed to the community, adults and children alike. To demonstrate
how well the classes are taught, a children's competition between
the four centres was held in Falkirk Mosque.
The event was well attended with parents and teachers from all four
centres. The Judges were invited from Glasgow who have excelled
in this particular branch of Qu'ranic Study. There were two categories
where children would recite sections of the Quran by memory. The
age limit was sixteen years old with many children as young as five
participating. There were six children from each centre, three in
each section. The stage was thus set for a competition - the first
of its kind in Central Scotland.
Objectives: The aim of the competition was not to compare the different centres
but more to inspire the children and parents to participate in these
classes and to generate a love for the Quran. This was also a chance
for the community to see the excellent level children are being
taught at the centres. The audience was mesmerised by the beautiful
recitation from the children and the judges were equally impressed
by the exceptional level attained by the participants.
completion was close, as would be expected, with little difference
between them at the top of the list. The judges had to make a tough
decision on picking the winners from each category. The judges were
not made aware of which children came from which centre but the
awards were distributed as such: One award to Musalla as Salaam:
One to Sarajia Islamic Studies; Two to Falkirk Islamic Centre and
Two to Central Scotland Islamic Centre. The overall awards went
to Bathgate and Stirling whose students won one top award from each
category. The award for best teacher was given to Imam Arif of Central
Scotland Islamic Centre in recognising of his effort and professionalism
in teaching the children.
Future Adults: The judges also had a few words to say on the importance of bringing
up children with love and understanding in our society. They discussed
what effects a negative or neglected upbringing will have on this
generation of future adults. The effects of bad examples set by
parents and on the influence of television were also discussed at
Annual event: The management committee of the Falkirk Islamic Centre had organised
refreshments for all those who attended. The whole event was praised
by everyone and hailed as a positive step to promote the learning
and teaching of the Quran. This will inshallah be an annual event
on the calendar so keep your eyes on the events page on your website.