Holy Quran memory tests begin today

DUBAI — Tests for judging the abilities of UAE nationals to memorise entire chapters of the Holy Quran will begin today.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 26 Aug 2006, 9:31 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:16 PM

A total of 26 male and female nationals, who have memorised the Holy Quran, and are known as Hafiz, will appear for the tests which will continue until Monday. Tests are organised by Dubai International Holy Quran Award committee for UAE citizens of all age groups. The programme Al Hafiz Al Moatin, Arabic for the national who memorises the Holy Quran, has caught the interest of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, according to Counsellor Ibrahim Bu Melha, Chairman of the Organising Committee of Dubai International Holy Quran Award. “It has always been the endeavour of Shaikh Mohammed to issue directives for looking after the youngsters and encourage them to recite Holy Quran by heart and understand its meaning,” he said.

Shaikh Mohammed has approved a Dh20,000 prize for nominally honouring the winner, Bu Melha said adding that the aim of the gesture is to encourage the aspirants to work hard and set an example for others to emulate.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration since the inception of the Award, the organisers will take part in the activities of the last week of Dubai Summer Surprises festival, which is being sponsored by Dubai Economic Development department.

The activities programme of the award in the DSS 2006 include cultural contests with valuable prizes for the three top contestants.

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