The SANQC previously known as the South African National Quran Committee.

The South African National Quran Council (SANQC) was established with the sole objective of serving the Noble Quran.

In an endeavour to achieve this objective, SANQC flagship event is the annual South African National Quran Memorization Competition. Through the competition it seeks to encourage the South African Muslim Community not only memorize the Noble Quran, but to excel in its correct recitation and promote the study of advanced Quranic Sciences.

The SANQC is a Muslim Organisation, based on the dictates of the Noble Quran and Sunnah of the Noble Prophet Muhammed ﷺ. We are an apolitical non-racial and non-sexist organisation that subscribes to promoting inter alia and primarily the recitation and memorisation of the Noble Quran.

The SANQC subscribes to the Doctrine of Islam as defined by Ahl Al-Sunnah Wa Al- Al-Jamāʿah.

The Noble Quran is the one unifying factor in what all Muslims belonging to the Ahl Al- Sunnah Wa Al-Jamāʿah agree upon, without exception.

The SANQC’s objectives:

  • To promote the memorization of the Noble Quran.
  • To create love and respect for the Noble Quran and its people.
  • To promote the correct recitation of the Noble Quran and its various dialects.
  • By formulating a standardized adjudicating criterion with no scope for discrepancy, thus establishing a standard criterion of adjudication across the globe.
  • To provide fair and equal opportunity to all Muslim living in South Africa from the Ahl Al-Sunnah Wa Al-Jamāʿah to participate in international competitions as representatives of the country.
  • To establish the 1st Non-Arab International Quran Memorization Competition.
  • To create working relationships with our international counterparts and/or individuals with similar and /or same objectives and activities.

The SANQC is spearheaded by teachers of the sciences of Quranic recitation who have dedicated their lives to the preservation and promotion of Quranic recitation.

The efforts of the SANQC focuses on the Quran alone, hence all Schools of Jurisprudence within the Ahl Al-Sunnah Wa Al-Jamāʿah are respected in our quest to make the Noble Quran our common unifying factor, accommodating of all schools of jurisprudence, thus enjoying a vast subscription of people from diverse backgrounds.

The SANQC seeks to unite people of all backgrounds whilst respecting everyone’s right to hold a viewpoint, SANQC remains exclusively committed to its objectives. All decisions and policies are based on those objectives without bias or prejudice.

The SANQC is and shall remain apolitical.

The decisions made for and on behalf of the SANQC are purely based on the objectives of the SANQC and are not informed or influenced by any political inclinations, religious differences (whether internal or external), social matters, customary practices or otherwise.

The SANQC shall defend its policy of remaining independent, neutral and apolitical.

The SANQC has placed the Quran above all personalities  and  personal  differences.  All decisions are made, keeping the objectives of the SANQC foremost without the influence of personal differences.

The SANQC does not and will not tolerate any form of disrespect to either the Ahl Al-Bayt (Family) and/or the Companions of the Noble Prophet Muhammed ﷺ. Any person holding any disrespectful beliefs and/or is involved in derogatory practices regarding the family and/or Companions (R.A) of the Noble Prophet Muhammed ﷺ will not be allowed to participate in any activities or be part of the SANQC structuring whatsoever. This includes sympathisers of such believes and/or entities.

The SANQC hosts both the Male and Female chapters of the South African National Quran Memorization Competitions. Both chapters are held strictly within the confines of sharia law and in particular within the laws of hijab, ensuring strict segregation of genders.

The SANQC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Muslim Judicial Council to further enhance unity amongst South African Muslims. This MOU prevents duplication of competitions and ensures the working together for the greater goal of serving the Noble Quran.

The current format of the South African National Quran Memorization competition consists of eight (8) Regional/Zonal Competitions. Zone 4 (Western Cape) is hosted in conjunction and in partnership with the Muslim Judicial Council’s Department of Quranic Affairs.

  • Zone 1 – Gauteng
  • Zone 2a – KwaZulu – Natal Southern Districts
  • Zone 2b – KwaZulu – Natal Northern Districts & surrounding Free State Towns
  • Zone 3 – Eastern Cape
  • Zone 4 – Western Cape
  • Zone 5 – Mpumalanga
  • Zone 6 – Limpopo
  • Zone 7 – North West
  • Zone 8 – Northern Cape & surrounding Free State Towns

The SANQC is currently operated by a team of dedicated individuals comprising of both males and females, children and adults of various professional backgrounds on a voluntary basis.

The SANQC has an open media policy operating on equal and fair working arrangements with all media agencies, both radio and television. In the spirit of serving the Noble Quran, all media agencies that work with SANQC have rendered their full and dedicated cooperation.

The SANQC is funded by financial contributions made by generous individuals and businesses. Some remain anonymous, while some are known. Every contribution is greatly appreciated. Upon request, and based on the discretion of the SANQC executive committee, certain extraordinary contributors are acknowledged via media and on its official banners, posters and leaflets.


  1. Teacher development workshops for Teaching Tajweed ®. SANQC intends to have quarterly workshops across the Country. This will be for both male & female teachers. In 2017 SANQC hosted two (2) workshops for female teachers in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The feedback from participating schools were positive with requests for more such programs.
  2. SANQC currently oversee and adjudicate over internal school Quran Competitions. In 2019 SANQC adjudicated over the Albayaan Islamic Council (Somali Community) and various other Muslim Schools Competitions.
  3. The further expansion of the Competition to include neighbouring Countries (SADC region). The process has already commenced and SANQC hopes to include these Countries in its future Competitions. Teaching Tajweed ® will also be held in these Countries.
  4. Our 5-year plan is the establishment of a Quran Institute where it will able to offer advanced Quranic Studies.
  5. SANQC intends completing a historical and detailed database on Quran in South Africa. Aside from documenting its history, the results of this study will enable SANQC to formulate a strategic plan to further advance the levels of recitation and understanding of the Noble Quran in the region.