Judging Criteria

Open Recitation and Hifz

  • Accuracy e.g. is the recitation correct/incorrect
  • Fluency
  • Style/tune of recitation – participants should have control over the style and be comfortable with their chosen style. For higher marks in the 16+ category, participants should demonstrate atleast 2x different Maqaamaat/styles in their recitation.
  • Makhaarij (most important)
  • General Rules of Tajweed (All Tajweed rules, but participants should focus on Ikhfaa, Idghaam, Iqlaab, Idhaar)

Please note that both Open Recitation and Hifz will be judged in a similar way.


  • General understanding (e.g. historical background)
  • Cross referencing (e.g. other verses, tafaseer of Sunni-Shia, Hadith)
  • Clarity of explanation (e.g. accuracy of translation)
  • Ability to answer questions
  • Lessons learnt and implementation
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