RULES & GUIDELINES FOR CONTESTANTS (MALES & FEMALES)

CATEGORIES AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

MALES

  • Category A - Full Quran - 24 years and younger
  • Category B - 15 Consecutive Juz - 24 years and younger
  • Category C - 5 Consecutive Ajzaa - 16 years and younger
  • Category D - 1 Juz - 11 years and younger on date of competition

FEMALES

  • Category A - Full Quran - 30 years and younger
  • Category B - 15 Consecutive Juz - 24 years and younger
  • Category C - 5 Consecutive Ajzaa - 18 years and younger
  • Category D - 1 Juz - 13 years and younger on date of competition
  • A contestant must be a South African citizen and/or holder of a South African legal resident permit and/or possess legal refugee status.
  • At the discretion of the SANQC’s Board of Governors (BOG), a contestant can be disqualified if found to be over-qualified to participate in categories C and D. The contestant will be allowed to change his application to participate in either categories A or B.
  • A professional reciter of the Noble Quran is not eligible to participate in the competition.
  • a professional is defined, and not confined to, as a reciter that is recognised nationally and/or internationally as a recognised, well renown Qari.
  • The final decision to confirm and/or accept/revoke participation in the competition and/or any category is within the sole and absolute discretion of the SANQC’s Board of Governors (BOG).
  • Category D winners do not participate in the South African National Quran Memorisation finals.
  • A contestant must attain a minimum of 85% aggregate in the regional competition in order to qualify for the South African National Quran Memorisation Competition finals.

PARAMETERS OF ADJUDICATION

1.        IF

 

Ø  if mistakes include Al-Lan Al-Jalī (A mistake which alters the text and meaning).

Ø  Substituting one letter with another.

Ø  Not reciting Basmallah at the beginning of a Surah

Ø  Unable to commence recitation after being prompted with the name of the Sūrah only.

 

 2.        TAJWĪD

 

Ø  Al-Lan Al-Khafī: That which does not alter the meaning but the beauty of the words diminishes.

Ø  Errors in pronunciation of letters or not pronouncing the letters from the correct Makhraj.

  

3.        WAQF

 

Ø  Pausing and restarting recitation at appropriate places.

Ø  Signs which will be taken into consideration: lām/alif (waqf asan/qabī) and mīm (waqf lāzim).

  

4.        FLUENT RENDITION

 

Ø  A contestant is assessed on quality of presentation, confidence, fluency and reverence (khushū).

Ø  A melodious voice is a gift from Allah Ta’ala and thus it is unfair to judge a contestant on this.