Light of the Qur’an Poetry Competition 2016

In December 2016, Darul Qur’an launched it first ever Light of the Qur’an Poetry Competition. We believe poetry can facilitate both the reflective process and the expression of Qur’anic ideals in beautiful and powerful ways.

Hence, the aim of the poetry competition was to encourage reflection on Qur’anic verses and values to inspire personal development. The competition was open to all ages with a specific theme for each age category:

Age 7 – 10 years:  Allah’s Amazing Creation
Age 11 – 14 years: Allah’s Amazing Creation
Age 15 – 18 years: Courageous Choices
Age 19 + years: Courageous Choices

We received numerous entries of impressive quality, uniquely and powerfully crafted, reflecting the creative talent within the community.

Winning Poems

Ages 7-10 Years

Fatema Zahra Mithwani (Age 7)

Theme – Allah’s Amazing Creation

Judges’ comments: The poem stood out because of its sophisticated style and language. It described the theme beautifully and the imagery was extremely strong in its visualisation.

Ages 11-14 Years

Noor Rehayma al-Mossawi (Age 14)

Theme – Allah’s Amazing Creation

Judges’ comments: This poem stood out because of its excellent presentation and succinct verses. It covered the theme through a series of stanzas that had a soft, musical rhythm to them.

Ages 15-18 Years

Mohammed Rhemtulla (Age 16)

Theme – Courageous Choices

Judges’ comments: A great read, this poem covered the theme extremely well, moving from Qur’an to history and linking the two together with ease. It flowed very well with imagery, descriptions and thought-provoking phrases.

Ages 19+ Years

Nihal Valji (Age 26)

Theme – Courageous Choices

Judges’ comments: A unanimous favourite of the judges, this poem was spot on the theme. It told a great story about a choice we can all relate to in today’s world and did so to a beautiful beat. It was personal, it was about courage and it was about victory through courage.