Hamdan presents Quran award

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DUBAI - Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the executive council of the emirate, attended the concluding ceremony of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award on Saturday night.

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Published: Mon 22 Aug 2011, 10:26 PM

Last updated: Tue 24 Oct 2023, 12:00 PM

Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, as well as a number of ministers, senior officials and dignitaries were also present at the event at the Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai’s Al Mamzar area. Khalid Mohammed Algardouz from Libya won the top position in both the Quran and tuneful recitation categories, apart from the Dh250,000 prize money, pushing Nigerian Idris Said Isa and Somali Abdalla Ahmed Moallim Hussein to second and third places.

While Isa won Dh200,000, Hussein bagged Dh150,000. The other top seven included Ahmed Elkasrawi (Egypt), Mohammed Adam (Niger), Abdulla Abu Sharida (Qatar), Sale Ahmat (Cameroon), Muath Altaib (Saudi Arabia), Mohammed Arifin (Malaysia) and Mohammed Ali (Bangladesh). They were gifted Dh65,000 to Dh35,000 — Dh5,000 less against each lower position.

Contestants who scored 80 per cent and above were rewarded with Dh30,000 each, while those whose performance was estimated at 70 to 79 per cent received Dh25,000 each. Participants with scores less than 70 per cent got Dh20,000 each. Certificates and cash prizes were given away to other participants as well.

The top ten winners in the Beautiful Recitation contest were named on Friday night. Those are Khalid Algardouz (Libya), Abdulla Abu-Sharida (Qatar), Ahmet Sarikaya (Turkey), Abdul Cader Asmi (Sri Lanka), Sherzat Khizhin (Kazakhstan), Burhoniddini Zarifjonzoda (Tajikistan), Anouar Bou Salah (Morocco), Mohammed Khatibi (Iran), Ebrahim Hamdan (Bahrain) and Abdul Wahid Masomi (Afghanistan).

Khalid Algardouz initiated the ceremony with some verses from the Holy Quran, followed by the speeches of the Chairman of the award organising committee Ibrahim Bu Melha and Head of the jury panel Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Sudais. Documentaries on the award’s 15-year history and the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who won the Islamic Personality of the year Award, were also shown. Finally the sponsors, jury members and top ten winners were honoured.

Ibrahim Bu Melha said the Award, which started with two sections in 1997, has branched out to nine categories in 2011 and saw the participation of 153 countries over its 15-year history. “This is basically due to the incessant support of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler ofDubai.”

Head of the jury panel Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Sudais from Saudi Arabia, said the 12-day competition this year saw 78 contestants selected from an original list of 90, after the apology of Kosovo competitor and disqualification of 11 others during initial evaluation for poor performance.

“The award saw a very stiff competition that 45 of the 78 competitors have scored 90 per cent and above.”

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