It’s finally here! Winter Break! A time to sit back, relax, enjoy hot chocolate, perhaps catch up on sleep, or on the missed opportunity to play hours of video games. It’s been a hard four months of school, homework, having to be on a schedule for 8 hours a day, and then all the after school programs.
While most will be enjoying the break and catching up on family time, there are some brave souls who will be continuing their efforts, hoping to gain a spot in the top 3 at ISNA – Canada’s Annual Quran Competition taking place on Sunday, January 4th, 2015. Children will spend countless hours repeating the same Surah over and over, envisioning themselves reciting it on stage in front of the crowd consisting of judges, parents, friends and family!
My advice to the contestants is to take a deep breath, ask Allah (SWT) to help you, and start reciting in the same slow, smooth, and melodious manner that you have practiced and envisioned many times before. Most importantly, keep your intentions to recite for the sake of Allah (SWT) alone and none other.
The ISNA – Canada Quran Competition is an event organized under the ISNA Canada Quran Classes and has been an annual event for the last 5 years with its first ever in 2010. It used to take place in June, but due to Ramadan making its way into the summer, it will now take place annually by Allah’s will on the last Sunday of Winter Break.
The competition attracts over 100 contestants every year from all over the GTA with children ranging from 5 years of age to 16. Competitions for boys and girls are held separately and are divided into 3 categories based on age.
While the children are hard at work preparing for the competition, there is a team of dedicated volunteers also hard at work planning and organizing the event. Just like any large event, planning involves marketing, registering contestants, pretesting, preparing logistics, prizes, gifts, and staging. May Allah (SWT) reward the volunteers for all their efforts.
Healthy competition is necessary as it is highly encouraged in the Quran. Islamic competitions, including Quran competitions, not only promote religious awareness but they also give a chance for everyone involved to gain reward by attaining valuable knowledge, as well as listening to and reciting the glorious words of Allah (SWT). So a big thumbs up to all the Masaajid, schools, and institutes who promote these types of competitions!
By now you may be asking how you too can be part of this great event. It’s not hard. Simply come out on Sunday, January 4th, 2015 to the ISNA Islamic Centre of Canada and show your support and encouragement by cheering on these wonderful children. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
Last but not least, we wish the best of luck to all the contestants, and thank all those involved with helping make this event a success, inshallah. We look forward to seeing everyone on competition day!