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Dubai Int'l Holy Quran Award saw 48 memorisers so far [Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates)]
[July 12, 2014]

Dubai Int'l Holy Quran Award saw 48 memorisers so far [Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates)]

(Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai, 12th July, 2014 (WAM) – The 18th edition of Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) has seen 48 out of 80 contestants so far.

Ibrahim Bu Melha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, who also chairs the organizing committee of DIHQA, said the competitors are being tested every night at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry after the Taraweeh Prayers.

"The main Quran contest saw seven memorisers on Friday night. Those were Mohammed Khaled Yaseen Mohammed (Yemen), Reza Nejad Tabrizi (Iran), Soukouna Aboubakari (Cote D'Ivoire), Abdou Rahman Sossah (Togo), Oumar Farouck (Cameroon), Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelkerim (Chad), and Bouna Thiame (Congo Brazzaville)." Eight more participants are to be examined on Saturday night. Those are Abdulaziz Abdulla Alhamri (Qatar), Mohammed El Amine Senous (Algeria), Ismatullo Kholiqov (Tajikistan), Mohammed Tijani (Ghana), Abdikarim Abdirahman Hussein (Somalia), Ally Mwalimu Ally (Tanzania), Ahmed Elias Bhana (Malawi), and Burhan Islami (Kosovo), he added.

Ali Reda Bahrani, Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Dubai, said it was his first time to attend the DIHQA sessions that left him spellbound. "I really enjoyed the well-organised competition attracting contestants from across the globe, and a big audience from numerous nationalities." Iran encourages the old and young to memorise the Holy Quran, supports study centres, and runs many local and international awards on a regular basis, he added. "The Iranian contestant, though still 12-years-old, has performed very well." Jihad Faitrouni, Director General of the Dubai Islamic Insurance & Reinsurance Company (AMAN), said they were very keen to sponsor as many days of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award over the past years. "This is because we do believe in social responsibility, let alone the importance of the award locally and abroad." The Award, encouraging Quran memorisation and due recitation, has become a cornerstone in its big number of participants, branches and activities, he added. "AMAN, with its capabilities, know-how, and future perspectives, is concerned with such social fruitful partnerships." The 12-category global contest is organised every Ramadan under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E., and Ruler of Dubai.

The 7th day of the contest was co-sponsored by a number of institutions, including the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), and the Dubai Islamic Insurance & Reinsurance Company (AMAN).

Present were a number of Arab and Islamic consuls and diplomats, along with Ibrahim Bu Melha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs and Chairman of DIHQA organising committee, Dr Saeed Hareb, Deputy Chairman – DIHQA, as well as Quran contestants and a large audience.

(c) 2014 Emirates News Agency (WAM) Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (

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