The National Quranic Recitation Competition, which held in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital, in February, 2014 has come and gone but the history, or memory, would remain in the minds of participants from the various states, particularly the winning state, for a long time. Our Correspondent Muhammad Ibrahim captures the event.
A total of 28 states, including Abuja, participated in the competition, with Kaduna state emerging the overall winner for the first time since the competition began in the country.
Nine participants represented Kaduna state at the competition in Jigawa, with five among them becoming the overall heroes and heroines as they carted away all the major prizes in both female and male categories of the competition.
Kaduna state representatives at the national competition in the male category were Suleiman Saleh from Ikara Local Government Area, who won the first male category in 60 Hazibs and Tafsir ( Memorization and translation), Abubakar Umar Balarabe from Zaria won 1st in 60 Hizibs, Muhammad Abdullahi Abba from Zaria won 1st in Tangeem.
Others are Ayub Mas’ud Abubakar from Kaduna-South, whowon the 9th position in 40 Hazibs, Ibrahim, Ibrahim and Abdulkarim Paki from Zaria came 15th.
In the female category,Wasilah Halliru Sani from Sabon Gari Local Government won first category in 60 Hizibs and Tafsir (Memorization and Translation), Fa’izah Hassan Nuhu from Igabi won 1st position in Tangeem, Farida Dayyib Alhassan from Chikun took 5th position in 60 Hazibs (memorization).
Others are Zainab Bello Kofa from Zaria, who took the 5thposition in 40 hazibs and Rabi’atu M.B. Umar from Zaria took 7th position in 20 Hazibs.
No doubt, these young men and women have made the state proud because ever since the competition began in the country, no state has ever taken away all the first category prizes, including all the five brand new cars.
This was why the state governor, Dr.Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, who attended the final competition in Jigawa as well as members of the State Competition committee could not hide their happiness for the success recorded by the state.
The representatives really made the state the subject of discussion at the venue of the competition, especially among contemporary states like Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi who have been winning the competition in the past.
All the state representatives were said to have impressed most of the dignitaries at the competition with the way and manner they recited the Holy Quran, which was to the admiration of the huge crowd, including the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
This was why the state governor planned to receive the heroes and heroines in the state but couldn’t do so because of his busy scheduled, so he directed the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Abdulrahman Mahmoud to organise a short reception in honour of the heroes and heroines who have made the state proud.
The event was hosted at the state’s Quranic Centre in Kinkinau, Tudun Wada, with family members, parents, friends, well-wishers in attendance.
Presenting the prizes to the heroes and heroines, the state Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abdulrahman Mahmoud said the victory is a challenge to the participants as they prepare to represent the state and country internationally.
He commended the state governor, Dr.Mukhtar Ramalan Yero for his support towards making it possible for the state to make history for the first time in history of Quranicrecitation competition.
Earlier in his remarks, state Chairman of the Quranic Recitation Committee, Dr. Muhammad Bello Abdulkadir (Salanken Zazzau) expressed his happiness over the victory the state recorded at the competition.
“Kaduna state has set a record, or history, in the history of National Quranic Completion; because this is the first time a single state became the overall winner with five cars at both male and female categories. No state has achieved what these children have achieved and they made us proud,” he said.
Dr. Bello said what remained next is for the state to maintain the position in future, saying he hopes and prays that as the heroes and heroines get prepared for the international competition they will still make the state and country proud.
He thanked the emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris for his support and encouragement, including the state governor who contributed immensely towards the successes recorded.
The state’s Pilgrims Welfare Board Overseer, Alhaji Kabir Kasimu also expressed appreciation for the success achieved in the competition.
Pioneer Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Religious Affairs, Malam Balarabe Jigo couldn’t express his joy as he only advised that the state should try to maintain the record for years to come.
Suleiman Saleh from Ikara, who became the overall winner in the first male category, would represent Nigeria in Saudi Arabia during the World International Quranic Recitation Competition.
In the women’s category, Wasilah Halliru Sani, who won the 1st position will also represent the country at the World International Quranic competition in Saudi Arabia.
Both of them were also given 3 scholarships each, to study in the country of their choice courtesy of Lagos, Kaduna and Jigawa state governments. They also got 3 Hajj seats each, courtesy of wife of the Vice-President Hajiya Amina Sambo, Kaduna State and Unity Bank Plc; a car each and other consolation prizes.
The remaining three participants that won cars include: Abubakar Umar Balarabe Zaria, Fa’izah Hassan Nuhu, from Igabi and Muhammad Abba Zaria.
The amazing thing about Wasilah, the overall winner female category, was that on the very day the competition began she was expected to pass out of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), so the rest of the team had to wait for her to collect her NYSC certificate before they proceeded to Jigawa.
She was a graduate of Accountancy from Ahmadu Bello Zaria and now national heroine of Quranic recitation competition. Her parents must surely be proud of her.
Suleiman Saleh, who spoke onbehalf of the participants, thanked Allah for the success, their parents for their support and all those who supported them before and during the competition which led to the victory.The young scholar ended his speech with a recitation from Suratul Rahman in the Glorious Quran.
Indeed, these young men and women have not only made their parents and state proud but also written their names in the history book of the Quranic Recitation Competition in Nigeria.