Hunt for best national Quran memoriser

Emiratis can apply till Oct 23; top ten winners will get between Dh30,000 and Dh21,000

By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

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Published: Thu 18 Sep 2014, 12:38 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:53 PM

All Emirati Quran memorisers, regardless of their age, may now apply for the 11th edition of the ‘National Memoriser’ contest, locally known as ‘Al Hafez Al Muwaten’.

According to a senior official, all Emirati men and women, old and young, can compete in the annual competition which is meant to encourage memorisation of the Holy Quran among citizens.

Ibrahim Bu Melha, Chairman of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (Dihqa), said only people who have memorised the holy book completely may send in their applications from today to October 23.

After the submission of the applications, participants will have to take tests that will begin from October 30. Bu Melha, who is also an adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said the contest is part of the 12-category Dihqa held under the sponsorship of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Bu Melha said the programme has brought together an elite group of Emirati Quran memorisers who compete in local contests and efficiently represent the country in international competitions.

“We used to have a problem in nominating a national (Emirati) memoriser for Quran contests abroad but now Al Hafez Al Muwaten contest will help us in deciding. Prof Mohammed Abdulraheem Sultan Al Ulama, head of the competitions unit, said the top ten winners — scoring 80 per cent and above — will be rewarded with prize money between Dh30,000 and Dh21,000. “The memorisers, obtaining 70 to 79 per cent will be given Dh10,000 while those scoring below 70 per cent will get Dh5,000. All participants will be given appreciation certificates.”

Prof Al Ulama said all competitors need to fill a special form on the Dihqa website (; by mail at P.O.Box 42042; by fax (at 04-2610088) or phone (04-2610666).

“The form can also be collected from the Dihqa headquarters in Al Mamzar (next to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment) from 8.30am to 1pm, and from 5pm to 8.30 from Saturday to Wednesday.”

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