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20 to contest finals of Quran awards in Dubai

“The award has become a leading hub for Quran memorisers.



By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

Published: Sun 28 Jun 2015, 1:49 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Dubai — As many as 20 contestants have so far appeared for the final examinations of the international Quran competition — the main branch of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), which commenced at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday at 10.30pm.

The seven contestants examined on Friday included Abdul Rahman Majeed Yaseen Al-Habeeb from Iraq; Abdoulazez Ahmad A Ghani from Qatar; Hamzah Elhabashy from the US; Niyitunga Zaidi from Burundi; Soibahoudine Ahamada from Union Des Comores; Mohammed Fathie Abdulhalem Ja’afar from the  Philippines; and Simadeddine Hazyoun from Netherlands.

Seven more memorisers are to appear on the stage on tonight. They are Mohammad Hossein Behzadfar from Iran; Adam Hissen Youssouf from Chad; Bilal Chamssi from Morocco; Muhammad Syazani bin Jemy from Malaysia; Hamsa Muhyadin Rage Afrah from Kenya; Mohamad Chaabo from Australia and Diaby Abdoulaye from Congo Brazzaville.

Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, head of the award organising committee and adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, and Khalifa bin Darai, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, later honoured Omou, a Cameroonian staff, who announced his conversion to Islam in public.

Bin Darai said the Dubai International Holy Quran Award is a chance for Quran memorisers across the planet to join the prestigious global competition which inspires others to perfectly memorise and recite the Quran.

“The award has become a leading hub for Quran memorisers with ever developing branches and activities and it has recently been named the best Quran award worldwide by the Quran memorisation authority of the Muslim World League.”

It is so moving to listen to the beautiful recitation of young memorisers coming from different countries and backgrounds, he pointed out. “The Award spares no effort in encouraging youngsters to memorise the Quran and follow its teaching to win in life and the Hereafter.” 

Bin Darai said the corporation, in a bid to support philanthropic works, has contributed a fully-equipped ambulance to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation.

As for the cultural programme, foreign communities here still have a opportunity to enjoy six lectures in Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil at the Indian Academic School, Muhaisanah 3 between June 27 and July 4.

The 22-lecture programme which began on June 18  is part of the 19th edition of the award, where thousands of Muslims from across the country flock to enjoy the spiritually uplifting lectures and recitation.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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