Participants will have been given chapters or verses to prepare prior to the competition. On the day of the competition, participants will be asked to recite either a selection or the multiple chapters that they have prepared. For smaller chapters, they may be asked to recite the entire chapter.
The selections will be randomly chosen on the day.
The participant will be required to recite a selection from any part of the Holy Qur’an which has been randomly selected. Prior to this, the participant would be unaware of the sections they will be reciting. Depending on the speed and quality of the recitation the judges will decide how much the participant would recite, up to a maximum of 2 pages (uthmani script).
The participant is expected to memorise all of the chapters or verses given. On the day, the participant will be asked to recite from separate areas from anywhere in their hifz schedule. This may not be from the beginning of the chapter.
For smaller chapters, participants may be expected to complete recitation of the entire chapter/s. The judges would initiate by reciting a verse or the end of a previous verse, the participantis then expected to continue.
Participants will be given verses or a small chapter to research and prepare for in advance. They are able to use any reference material to prepare as long as they are able to quote the source of their research if asked.
On the day, each participant will be given an allocated time to provide a general explanation of the entire chapter. The judges will then question the participant based on any or all of the verses in the chapter or things that have been mentioned by the participant in their presentation.
Participants can quote and refer to a tafseer in any language. The judges are able to read out the verses in Arabic and/or English (once) before the participant starts. If they are requested to repeat this at any point then it may result in a mark being deducted. As no notes will be allowed, it is therefore preferable for participants to have memorised the verses and be aware of their translations.
On the day, each participant will be given an allocated time to provide a general explanation of 2 verses (from the allocated verses).
One of these verses will be randomly selected and one can be chosen by the participant.
For each verse, the judges will then question the participant based on the general explanation they presented. Participants can quote and refer to a tafseer in any language.
The judges are able to read out the two verses in Arabic and/or English (once) before starting, If they are requested to repeat this at any point then it may result in a mark being deducted.
This year, participants will be allowed to bring one single-sided A4 page of written information/notes and have access to a copy of the Arabic Holy Qur’an for reference.