Facing The Ka'aba

August 4, 2017

Six-yr-old boy memorises Quran in 12 months

Six-yr-old boy memorises Quran in 12 months

Salim Abdulkareem

Set for world competition in Saudi Arabia

By Bashir Bello

It was another world record in Nigeria as a six-year-old boy, Salim Abdulkareem in just less than a year memorized the holy Qur’an and can also write it.

At the age of five, Master Salim Abdulkareem got admission into the Professor Ango Abdullahi International School, Zaria,  in May 2016 and by April 2017 he had memorized the entire Qur’an.

Salim, at the point of admission was said to be a fresher, one who could not recognize a single Arabic alphabet not to talk about writing.

With this feat, Salim has been nominated for a Qur’anic recitation competition billed for August-September in Saudi Arabia.

Salim Abdulkareem

The school authorities describe the development as a feat for a pupil who could not recognize a single Arabic alphabet on admission into the primary one class.

According to Malam Hamza Jibril, an Administrative Officer at the school, he said: “the boy has not only been able to memorize the Holy Qur’an but he can also write it because the coaching goes with writing Arabic.

“We coach them in the traditional method using a small writing board (Allo) so that as they commit the Qur’an to memory, they also write it.

“When Salim was admitted into this school, he did not know any Qur’anic alphabet not to talk about reciting the Holy Qur’an. We had to start coaching him the Qur’anic learning process from the scratch in May 2016.

“Despite the fact that he had finished the memorization by April 2017, we realised however that his memorization required some little touches or corrections here and there which we dwelled on and to God be the glory, we have succeeded in making all the necessary corrections,” he said.

The school has nominated Salim to participate in the 2017 edition of the World Qur’an recitation competition slated for Saudi Arabia between August and September, 2017.

“All arrangements have been completed for Salim to partake in the competition,” Jibril said, adding that, “apart from the rare opportunity to have an international exposure in Qur’an recitation, it will also serve as a form of excursion for him.

“This is not the first time for the school will produce pupils who memorised the entire Qur’an but the difference is that Salim did it before clocking one year in the school.

“When his father brought him here, sometimes, he would not  allow Salim to go home for holidays as he would insist that the pupil be engaged in extra lessons during the period. We believe it is part of  what distinguished  him from among his colleagues,”  Jubril  said.

The father of the child, Prof. Abdulkareem Sala’u Ahmed, of the Chemical Engineering Department, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, said: “I am highly impressed about the progress recorded by the school because from what I saw from the test, some of these pupils have truly completed reading and reciting the Holy Qur’an and they are also doing fine in Hadith.

“It is really exciting that under one year that they came here, they have been able to complete the holy Qur’an,” he said.

Meanwhile, students and scholars from far and near have continued to visit the school to see the six year old boy.