Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

“So much of life happens inside something. A house, a car, a sleeping bag, a UFO.”

“The “inside” idea can be as wide-open as your imagination wants to make it. From the simple to the absurd, it works on almost any level.”


Here are my “inside” photos:

On March 15, 2014 the municipal government of Pikit (in North Cotabato, Philippines) sponsored the 40th Regional Quran Reading Competition for the fourth time. Yes, the Holy Quran (the Muslims” Holy Book or Scripture) has a unique way of reading by following some melodious tones and (sawt), strict pronunciation (harf), rules (tajweed) and rythm (tarannum). Because of these reading parameters, some of us Muslims find that there indeed is enough challenge to take on in a contest.

The first photo above (L-R) shows the stage where the Quran Readers do the reading inside an area that is concealed from the eyes of the judges. This was done for obvious reason that the judges should not know the name of the contestants except to hear their voices.

The second photo shows the lady defending champion, Ustadza Raihana Abdulkarim, reading the Holy Quran. Unfortunately, she lost to the new champion (the one in the third photo). Her name is Ustadza Hanifah Sambutuan.

The fourth and last photo shows the male defending champion, Ustadz Zulkarnain Manampen, who won as Regional Champion for the third time in a row.

Ustadz (for male), Ustadza (for female) is an Arabic term for a professional Quran Reader. I hope to be proficient in reading the Holy Quran but I was only able to finish grade four.

Proficiency in reading the Holy Quran is one of the requirements for a Muslim to qualify as Imam (one who leads in a Muslim congregational prayer, as in a Friday prayer). I am qualified though to act as Imam in the absence of someone in the congregation who is more proficient than me.


About Maxim Sense

I hope to write for a cause someday but for now all I wanted really is to write for a cost and I haven't started yet, or better still, nobody wants to pay me :-)
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4 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

  1. aysabaw says:

    informative 🙂

    I have seen beautiful mosques but I haven’t been inside one.


    • Maxim Sense says:

      I hope you will have the chance to enter into any of the beautiful Mosques there in Dubai. For sure you won’t see any picture inside a mosque because that is forbidden but you will appreciate Muslim architecture at its best inside it.

      Thanks for this visit.


      • aysabaw says:

        I have been hoping to visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi because they allow visitors enter at a certain time of the day. It’s a wonder 🙂 and i hope to get a chance to visit soon.

        I have seen it from afar while travelling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and the word “Grand” is an understatement.


      • Maxim Sense says:

        “..the word “Grand” is an understatement.” I agree, absolutely, even if I have only seen it in picture. Please get in there and I think you will be allowed to take pictures. When that happens, please don’t forget to post them in your blog. That would be the day 🙂


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