By Mudassir Raja
Sohni Dharti Qatar, a Pakistani community organisation in Al Khor, recently organised Seerat-un-Nabi, life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), conference at Al Waha Ball Room.
The event featured Qur’an recitation and Naat competition. The children also highlighted about the different aspects of Prophet (PBUH)’s life at the event.
Around 88 children of age group varying from 3-15 years old, took part in the competitions. The participating children also competed in different elocution contests in Urdu.
In the Qir’at competition, Ayesha Inaam secured the first position while Muhammad Awais Qarni and Hareem Afzaal got second and third positions, respectively. In the Naat contest, Anfal Anwar bagged the first position, which was followed by Mariyam Sajjad with second and Ifra Afzaal with third position. Muhammad Zair Abbas delivered a special speech in Urdu.
The event kicked off with a performance prepared by Azra Murtaza, related to the recitation of the Qur’an. Special performances prepared by Sobia Arif and Shabana Yasmin Abid were also part of the event.
The prize winners were felicitated by notable personalities of the community, including Rana Zaman Khan, a senior member of Dukhan Pakistani community; Muhammad Aslam Saqib and Hafeezullah, senior members of Pakistani community in Doha. The executive committee members of Sohni Dharti present at the prize distribution ceremony included Khawar Aman, Amjad Hussain, Shahid Bhatti, Rana Asif and Ghulam Mujtaba Balloch.
Speaking to Community, Syed Nasooh Akhtar, an active member of Sohni Dharti, said, “It was good to see the children reciting the Holy Qur’an and Naat. Families living in Al Khor attended the conference in large numbers. It was great to see the young children taking interests in Islamic teachings and being trained by their parents and volunteers of Sohni Dharti. Such events also provide an opportunity to the Pakistani children to speak and learn Urdu.”
He added, “Keeping up with its tradition of engaging children in literary activities and allowing them to showcase their extracurricular abilities, I really appreciate Sohni Dharit workers who trained the children for the competitions. Parents of the contestants were very happy as they saw their children learning about the teaching of the Prophet (PBUH).”
While speaking on the occasion, Rana Anwar Ali, Chairman of Sohni Dharti, said, “I congratulate you on becoming a part of this auspicious occasion and witnessing these beautiful performances, organised by the Al Khor community children. I am proud to see the passion of these children. Our aim is to give opportunities to the children to learn more about Seerat-un-Nabi and then let them hone their extra-curricular skills at such events,”
He added, “Sohni Dharti will continue to organise such events in the future as well and will try to get more children involved. We are hoping that in future there will be even more participation.”
“Sohni Dharti includes people working for Qatargas and RasGas, and organises religious event more than once in a year. We had a similar event during Ramadan as well. The Faizan-e-Ramadan programme also saw the children taking part in large numbers. The programme included an Islamic quiz, Naat recitation and elocution contests,” he noted.
Separately, the members of Pakistani community living in Al Khor are also taking part in a three-month-long season of Twenty20 cricket. The tournament started in October. Sohni Dharti’s flagship cricket tournament has matches every Friday and Saturday.
Seven teams are participating in the tournament, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Kashmir. Six teams in the tournament are named after the six Pakistan Super League franchises. The semi-finals and the final will be held in the last week of December.
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