Qur’an By Heart

Today my family and I watched an amazing documentary called “Koran By Heart”. It premiered on HBO on August 1, 2011, which was also the first day of Ramadan.  

A brief storyline: 110 kids from the Islamic world are chosen and arrive in Cairo for the world’s oldest Koran reciting contest. KORAN BY HEART follows two boys from Senegal and Tajikistan, and a little girl from Maldives – who go head-to-head with kids nearly twice their age in the pronunciation, recitation and perfected memorization of the Qur’an.

View the trailer here.

Below is the entire documentary on YouTube.  Enjoy!


6 thoughts on “Qur’an By Heart

  1. Saba H. says:

    I love this documentary. mashaAllah very well done!!! Growing up I’ve always heard things like there’s people all over the world responding to the call of prayer, reading quran etc etc jus like us. Yet to see the azan being called in madlives, in egypt and to see the greatest Book of all times bring togetehr people from all walks of life….is sooo beautiful. We truly are blessed to be Muslims and to share this awesome deen from people all over the world. May Allah unite us all in janatul firdous!

  2. yusef salaam says:

    i enjoyed the doc immensely. the egyptian cultural nationalism turned me off; the so-called grand sheik complaining about the ahdan (prayer call) being called in saudi style rather than egyptian style. he had the same problem with the kids’ recitation. also, why did the producers continued racist stereotype of mainland Africans; was the senegalese boy the only subject they could find? He had no family at the even, no guardian, no one to who was emotionally invested in him, unlike the other three. I’m sure that there were mainland Africans whose situations were healthy and not pathetic. But, of course, that’s not the healthy image that racist like. yusef salaam, harlem, nyc

    • Saleha H. says:

      JazakAllah khair for your comment. You raise some valid points, they definitely should have expanded to include more people and I don’t know why they didn’t just give funds to have the boy’s father travel with him because he really was alone.

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