A Diamond Jubilee Qir'at competition

The national finals of Iqra, the Diamond Jubilee Qir’at competition organised by the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Pakistan (ITREBP), were held in Islamabad Serena Hotel. Qir'at, or Quranic recitation, is a skill that encompasses memory, pronounciation and intonation. Aftab Alam, Saliha Saleem and Erum Karim achieved first place in level one, two and three respectively. The competition was part of a series of activities to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

The National, Regional and Local leadership, along with prominent members of sister communities, attended the event. Dr. Mohsin Naqvi consented to be the Chief Guest at the event.

The national final was the culmination of competitions held at the regional and local levels with participants divided into three categories by age. The winners were given laptops while shields were distributed among the finalists of all levels. More than 20,000 members participated in the competitions at the local and regional levels and 24 finalists qualified to compete at the national level in Islamabad.

“We dedicate our success to our teachers and parents. It is due to their hard work we were able to achieve today. It was a long journey from the local level to the national level and today we are proud that we have won the competition,” said the winners. 

The Iqra Qir’at competition was organised to appreciate the recitation of the Holy Qur'an that appeals to both the human mind and soul; and to highlight the Diversity of Interpretation of Qur’an within the Ummah and the contributions made by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in promoting and facilitating a pluralistic worldview of Qur'anic studies. It also provides a platform for members of the Ismaili Muslim Community to showcase their skills and to further develop their talent.

Appreciating the organisers, Dr Mohsin Naqvi said, “Firstly, I want to congratulate the organisers and students for the wonderful Iqra Qir’at Competition. I see a lot of hard work of teachers and students who participated in the competition. I look forward to seeing more such events in the future.”