By Mudassir Raja
Pak Shamaa School and College on Thursday evening held Qirat and Naat competitions to mark the birthday of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) at the school auditorium. The facility was packed with students, their parents, teachers, and members of the Pakistani expatriate community.
The programme that continued for over three hours also included recitation of Naat by five teachers and speeches by students highlighting different aspects of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) personality.
Both boys and girls took part in the competitions and recited the Holy Qur’an and Naat in their individual but beautiful ways. The audience seemed to enjoy and appreciate the performances of the young students.
In the Qirat competition, Shahid ullah Khalil got the first position. Talha got second and Farhan got the third position.
As far as the Naat competition is concerned, Wardah Khalid clinched the first position, Arshad Jamal stood second and Awais and Humaira shared the third position.
Cash prizes, certificates and trophies were given to the winners by Hafiz Muhammad Junaid Sial, community welfare attache at the Embassy of Pakistan in Qatar. Sial was the chief guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Nabila Kaukab said, “It is a longtime tradition of the school to hold such kind of competitions to highlight different aspects of Seerat-un-Nabi. On the occasion of the birth of the Holy Prophet, it is necessary to teach our students and children how the Prophet lived his life and how he guided the people towards Islam.”
“Seerat-un-Nabi covers all aspects of life. His life is a guide for everyone in the world. And we need guidance from Seerat-un-Nabi today more than ever. People usually value measurable things like wealth and property. Not much appreciation is given to attributes such as honesty, loyalty, or truth. The Prophet always stressed on these characteristics. Such kind of programmes and events help us reset our priorities in our lives. Such programmes and competitions also help young students learn and understand Seerat-un-Nabi more and more,” the principal noted.
She thanked the parents and the chief guest for attending the programme to encourage and appreciate the students. She also thanked the judges who evaluated performances of the students. She appreciated the input of her school teachers, who helped students in preparing for the competitions.
Before the start of the competition, two brief speeches, in Urdu (Pakistan’s national language) and English were made to highlight the different aspects of the personality of the Prophet.
The Urdu speech highlighted the way of teaching of the Prophet. The speaker said that the Prophet, before telling something important, would make the listener attentive. The Prophet was very soft and sweet while speaking and would always first do himself what he would ask others to do, the speaker noted.
In the English speech, the speaker highlighted how merciful the Prophet was. In every role of his life, such as being husband, father, grandfather, or judge, he was all merciful. He cursed no one in his entire life. The speaker said that the Prophet was the personification of the Holy Qur’an.
Speaking as the chief guest, Sial said, “I am very thankful to the principal and the school management for providing me the opportunity to attend the enlightening programme. I also congratulate the school for holding a successful Seerat-un-Nabi programme.”
He added, “Such programmes are very necessary. We are lucky to have this one at Pak Shamaa School. Such programmes help the audience revitalise their religious thoughts and re-evaluate their lives. More and more stress has been on learning about Seerat-un-Nabi, we also need to practise the teachings of the Prophet. Only practice can bring improvement in our lives and in our world.” Talking to Community, Muhammad Abrar Hussain, who has been living in Qatar for 22 years in the oil and gas field, said, “I am very happy to see young students well-prepared. I really appreciate the teachers who trained the students. I believe that such kind of programmes and competitions always help young student in learning noble teachings of the Prophet.”
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