On Vice-President's Qur'anic recitation in Kano rally
A recitation of the Suratul Fathihatul Khitab at a rally in Kano on the 24th of January this year, by Vice-President Namadi Sambo has
generated a lot of reactions by both pundits and the ordinary alike with audio and video footage of the event going viral in the youtube
and other social media and have refused to die down.
As a cleric who has committed the Glorious Qur’an to memory since the year 1995 and has taught and published works on the subject matter, I feel compelled to draw the curtain and lay the matter to rest once for all.
One of the books I authored on Qur’anic recitation titled “Hiyadatul Qaree Ila Tajweedil Kalamul Bari.” literally meaning Guidance on
proper recitation of the Glorious Qur’an.” Has clearly pointed at some pardonable acts on Qur’anic recitation.
In Islam, the best of mankind in the sight of Allah is the pious (Q 49 verse 13). Who knows the most pious or one who fears Allah? No one do except Allah. Besides, every action shall be judged according to intentions (ananwawi Hadith No. 1). The innermost intentions of every
individual are best known only to Allah himself. Our humble supplications day and night are to seek Allah’s favor, blessings and
infinite pardon on all that we do directly or not, intentionally or not, knowingly or unknowingly.
The failure of the Vice-President to properly recite Suratul Fatiha from Islamic point of view can be pardoned on the account of the following reasons.
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The fact that nobody is perfect in this life, even among those who castigated the Vice-President on the account of inaccurate recitation
are not far from being or making similar mistakes if call upon publicly to recite it.
Moreover, improper pronunciation on the account of dialect, ethnic background or tradition that does not change the original meaning of
the text of the Glorious Quran is pardonable.
Proper recitation of the Glorious Quran was not very popular in this country until about 27 to 30 years ago, when the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto introduced Qur’anic recitation competition in Nigeria.
People, whose ages fall between 55 and above, might also have similar pronunciation problem of the correct texts. It takes a very long
process and period for such pronunciation to be effectively corrected. It would be recalled in the 11th Annual Qur’anic Recitation competition hosted by Kaduna State in 1995 an erudite Islamic scholar, Late Sheikh Lawal Abubakar, in expressing his deep appreciation and gratitude to the organizers observed that if he were to be placed on the hot seat to recite his name “Muhammad Awwal Abubakar” correction would have been made, given the technical skills and the manner the participants were corrected in the recitation competition.
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In Islam, Qira’at means reading from the mind. Terminologically, it means the method of recitation. Traditionally there are 10 recognized schools of Qira’at and each one derives its name from its founder. Nothwithstanding, for any given recitation to be accepted as authentic
it has to fulfill three conditions and if any of these conditions is missing such a recitation is classified as unusual: Where the recitation in variation matches with Arabic grammatical construction (Q Chapter 10 verse 2), where the recitation has an authentic chains of narration, and where the recitation coincides with the script of one of the copies of the Qur’an distributed during the era of Othman Bin Affan (RA)
What is particularly interesting throughout the world is that the entire text of the Glorious Qur’an has remained unchanged over the past 1437 years. Million of the copies of the Book in circulation around the world today are all identical down to the single letter and this is not surprising as “He promised to surely guide and protect His Book by Himself” (Q 15 Verse 9).
The readers of the Quran can easily see how the modern world is coming closer to reality regarding the truth of the Glorious Qur’an.
The Vice-President has also demonstrated his inclination, identity and recognition to Islam; a religion he professed beyond any reasonable doubt. Beginning a public speech with a recitation from the Glorious Qur’an should be at least commendable not condemnable.
In a bid to remain united, steadfast and to show respect for our leaders as required by all believing men and women in Islam, the recitation of the Vice-President can be pardoned.
It is therefore imperative, in the light of the aforementioned points to pardon the Vice-President.
In a nutshell, we sincerely hope and beseech Allah (swt) in his infinite mercies to overlook our mistakes and grant us a choice place.
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