The day has come. My blog is going on a temporarily leave for the next 2.5-3 weeks. I am leaving tomorrow afternoon InshaAllah to attend this competition. It’s been a week of nerves and turbulent moments. I’ve reached out to many people asking them for prayers, and the support I have gotten from family, friends, community has made me ecstatic and confident. Although I’ll be there with just my father, it’ll be tough. But I must realize that I am under Allah’s sight. I am doing this for Allah. He is the ultimate goal, from the beginning to the end.

From now on, I have to keep calm, relaxed and strong. This is undoubtedly the biggest moment of my life yet. On an International scale. I dreamed of this day, and it came knocking on my door. A bit sooner than I expected, but Allah is the best of planners. He has set this up for me, and I am going to take it with all of my heart.

And last but not least, thank you tumblr family. Thanks for everything. I’ll be posting photos from time to time on Instagram.

Till next time. Peace be upon all of you.

This is my last post before my recitation.

When I sat down, people started snapping photos like crazy. I knew it was coming. I also gave an interview with Press TV and Quran TV lol.


Live recitation of my Adhan for a local radio sation in Tehran

Right before Maghrib prayers, I did an interview, a recitation of Qur'an and Adhan for a local radio station.  Alhamdulilah it was an amazing experience.  I didn’t take make it far in the competition, but I did my best to try out other things and to make the best of it.  In the background, you hear 2/3 other Adhan’s at the same time being recited by others for other tv/radio stations at the same time.

When I was in Iran, towards the last days, I did an interview with Al Kawthar TV.  It is an all Arabic television station based in Tehran for those who aren’t familiar with it.  Basically the guy would ask me questions in Arabic and I had to answer in Farsi.  They had already told me what the questions would be in Farsi, but it was the most funniest thing ever.  Here you have someone talking in Arabic, and I’m replying in Farsi.

They’re airing it during Ramadhan InshaAllah, but wait it gets funnier!

The guy was like “Seyyed Zuhair Hussaini min Amrika … ” and I’m like, excuse me I’m not a Seyyed.  He laughs and goes, “In Arabic Seyyed refers to like Agha, or respected sir” and I just went along with it lol.

At my masjid there is the elderly man who would always encourage me when I would recite and he’d always tell me"etemas e Dua.“  He isn’t that old but he’s in late 60’s I would say, and he would always be the person organizing and straightening out people’s shoes in the main hall.  The past two years he would always tell me that I should go to the competition in Iran and I’d tell him I’m planning to, when I’m ready InshAllah.  Tonight when I go to the mosque, when I see him, I’m going to tell him that I’m going.  I can only imagine the look on his face.  May Allah bless him.

After today’s session, my Mu'alim said I was way way way way way way way better than the first day which was only 5 days ago. He invited me to recite at Jum'ah Prayers occasionally so I get some exposure and experience.

He said in a matter of 5 days, we’ve accomplished a lot. Imagine if we had an entire year to practice.

I feel much more confident than before. Much more.


This is such a nice photo since none of us are paying attention lol. We just had dinner, myself with the Afghan Qari and Australian Qari. And that’s the arm of the Norwegian Qari.

A Painting of Sheikh Abdul Baset Abdul Samad in Tehran, Iran

This is a photo I took of an artists unfinished piece when I was in Tehran. Inside the hall where the Qur'an Competition was behind held, upstairs there was an exhibition where they had art, rings, books, cds, really anything you could think of.  I just couldn’t pass by without taking a picture. 

God bless his soul.  

Last night I was Skyping with the new friends I made at the completion. One in Austrailia, and the other in Ecuador. We were talking, joking around and then we recited Quran. And then in the morning I Skyped with another friend in Ghana.

Can I just tell you how awesome it is!?

This trip has shown me the power of the Holy Quran. And I’ve yet to even tell you guys about the things I saw in Tehran! Stay tuned, stay tuned …

Where should I start with the stories? 

Can I just go ahead and say I had one of the best times of my life despite I didn’t win anything?  And everyone told me that’s all that matters and they’re right.  From day one, arriving there to the sight seeing, hotel, bus rides, the people I met, amazing.  Simply amazing.  I met friends from Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Ghana, Iran, Germany, Afghanistan and the list goes on.  Made some connects to help me on my skills as well.  The one thing I was sad about was not going to Mashhad.  They refused to put back my ticket another week because of the upcoming elections.  Sucks to go allllllllll the way to Iran and not go to Mashhad.  Did I say how beautiful Tehran was?  I think it’s even bigger than New York to be honest.  

I’ll tag my stories with mosabeqeh if anyone’s interested.

I got one more day of practice and then I’m resting on Tuesday. I need to fill my iPhone and iPad with recitations to listen on the plane and there.

I feel confident. But I’m human, and humans tend to get nervous. And then last but not least, I’m Zuhair. Probably the only contestant who found he’s going a week before the competition.