I wanted to bestow crown of dignity upon mom, says memoriser

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I wanted to bestow crown of dignity upon mom, says memoriser

Alzarooni, who is studying engineering at the Khalifa University, is the only one among his 11 brothers and sisters who has memorised the Holy Quran in full.

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Published: Fri 18 Jul 2014, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:45 PM

It is the story of a sincere mother rather than of a memoriser; a woman who dedicated herself to a sacred mission, devotedly drew the path for her son, and helped him set the goal of his life — memorising the Holy Quran.

This describes the mother of Obaida Mohamed Alzarooni, who represented the UAE in the 18th edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award. “My mother is the main reason behind my success in memorising the Holy Quran,” 
he said.

The 21-year-old contestant said he would not have been able to finish the job and proudly represent his country without his mother’s help. “She used to teach me small chapters of the Quran since I was three, and encouraged me by all means to learn the holy book by heart,” he told Khaleej Times.

Whenever Alzarooni gave up, his mother kept reminding him of the eternal honour they would be granted in this life as well as in the Hereafter. “She asked me to bestow the crown of dignity upon her on the Day of Judgment, by fully memorising the Quran, as promised by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) who said 
Allah will crown the parents who teach their child the Quran, 
and clothe them in robes the 
like of which has never been seen before.”

Alzarooni, who is studying electronic engineering at the Khalifa University in Sharjah, is the only one among his 11 brothers and sisters who has memorised the Holy Quran in full. “They are also studying the Holy Quran, but none has finished yet.”

Alzarooni started his journey with the holy book when he was 12, and finished at 18. “I was not very regular with the memorisation as I am also doing my engineering at the university, but I finally made it.”

The Emirati contestant, based in Sharjah, started memorising half to one page a day at home, but stopped for some time. “I moved to seven Quran study 
centres, and only finished when I regularly learnt at the Al Maktoum centre in Dubai. I went through intensive courses when I was memorising five pages 
per day.”

Though Alzarooni competed in three local Quran contests, this was his first global competition. “I have always dreamed of participating in the Dubai International Holy Quran Award to please 
my mom and excel in my memorisation.”

Ponder, observe and live the Quran

Hoping to seize one of the top positions, Alzarooni wished to complete graduation in Quran as well as engineering. “I would advise young people to ponder, observe, and live the Quran rather than just memorise it; it gives a very different spiritual feeling.”

The Quran should be the top priority, he pinpointed. “It must be the number one thing on the daily schedule with regular revision, otherwise it can be easily forgotten,” he said, noting that the Quran sharpened his memory, enhanced his concentration, eloquence, and academic performance.

Seventeen-year-old Sulaiman Abdulkarim Isah, Nigeria, had his elder brother who assisted him with the memorisation of the Holy Quran. “It was my elder brother who used to teach and encourage me to memorise the Quran.”

The Grade-11 student took only two years to memorise the holy book. “I started at 11 and finished at 13,” he said, adding that two of his four brothers have memorised the Holy Quran by heart.

Isah has participated in five local contests before. “Having excelled in my memorisation and outshining other competitors, I was nominated for several international Quran contests, and finally got selected here in Dubai.”

All family members, particularly his mother who memorised the Holy Quran in full, were also a great help to 17-year-old Mihammed Mahmut Basegmez who hails from Turkey. “I started my journey with the Quran in 2012 at a Quran study centre, and finished in 17 months.”

Though Basegmez participated in one local Quran contest, he topped it, and was hence nominated for Dihqa. “I wish to be a historian and Quran teacher in the future.”

20-year-oldw Palestinian contestant Osama Attaallahw also paid a tribute to his family for memorising the Quran. “I started when I was ten, and finished at 13 at a mosque in Palestine.”

Displaying an outstanding performance in ten local contests, Attaallah was nominated by the Awqaf Ministry in Ramallah to an international Quran award in Tunisia two months back and finally in Dubai.

“The Holy Quran has made me behave well and enhanced my ethics,” said Attaallah who is a student of the Shariah College in Palestine and aspires to be an Islamic judge in the future.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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