For the second time in two years, a 9-year-old girl, Nuroh Nasir, has won the coveted prize of the 2020 edition of the Faith Unites Muslims Charity Initiatives (FUMCI) Children Award for Excellence in Qur’an Recitation and Islamic Practice, 2020 in the overall category held in Lagos.
Nuroh, who represented Ketu Alapere in Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, was the overall winner in the 2019 edition of the competition.
He defeated 31 other contestants from the five divisions of Lagos state to clinch the grand prize of N100, 000, a Silver Crest SC 1589 blender, and other consolation prizes.
The sixth edition of the annual competition themed ‘Recipe for the making of Godly children’ was held in conjunction with the Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji Foundation under the spiritual guidance of Sheikh AbdulRazak Mubasir Aafaakala and had contestants drawn from the five divisions of Lagos state competing for prizes in Adab, Salat, Fiqh, Qur’an, Hadeeth and the overall best category.
In his lecture, Mudir, Darul-Naim Schools, Sheikh AbdulMajeed Imran Eleha highlighted steps to be taken in the upbringing of righteous children.
These, he identified as selection of religious and morally upright spouse,
“Couples that desire righteous children must carefully selected his/her partner. The kind of partner you chose and the moral uprightness and the level of religiosity of both partners are the sole determinant of the kind of children you will beget. You must make findings about the family background with special focus on how religious they are in their family.
“Less emphasis should be placed on beauty, wealth and influence but we should be on the lookout for his/her closeness to Allah in worship because whatever his/her inadequacies are will be taken care of by the religion. So if you desire a righteous child, go for a man or woman that has both religion and good moral.
“The second step is Nikkai to be organised according to the dictate of Shariah. This entails the intending spouse with his family to seek the consent of the parents of the woman in marriage in the presence of witnesses from both families. The consent of the parents is very important.
“The third requirement for a righteous child after Nikkai is for the husband to supplicate to Allah for the good of the marriage and ward off all evils. This is the Sunnah of the prophet. All these three steps are to be taken prior to rearing children.” the scholar said.
During the presentation of prizes to winners, Amir of FUMCI, Ustadh AbdulMuiz Zubayr commended all the contestants for their brilliance and also their parents for exposing the children to Islamic and Quran knowledge while noting that lack of adequate understanding of the Qur’an and hadiths of the Prophet of Islam are the cause of moral decadence among Muslim children and youths.
He however encouraged parents and guardians to enroll their children and wards in Quran institutions that truly promote the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.
He said, “I commend all the winners in all the five categories particularly in the Qur’an and hadith categories for the display of excellent recitation skills in Quran recitation and commentary on Hadith.
I pray Almighty Allah continue to guide them and increase them in knowledge. I therefore urge all our parents to prioritize the learning of Qur’an and Hadith for our children to excel in this world and in the hereafter. And to our sponsors and supporters, particularly, Rt. Hon Ikuforiji, Barr Shina Sofola and our highly revered life patron, Sheikh Abdurazak Aafakaala and the Akeredolu family for their supports over the years. We beseech Allah to protect and reward them accordingly.”
Other winners in each of the category includes: Zainab Akinola won the first prize in Salat, Umar Akinola won the first prize in Qur’an category, Haleemah Mohammed won the first prize in Adab, Fiqh category won by AbdulMalik Quasim and Nuro Nasir won the prize for Hadith category and overall prize category.
Contestants were showered with prizes ranging from cash gifts and home appliances.