Seven contestants were earlier disqualified for below-par performance in memorisation and recitation. The competitors found ineligible were from Thailand, China, Bosnia, Mauritius, Serbia, Russia, and Croatia. The 12-category global contest is organised every Ramadan.
The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (Dihqa) has set a good example by reviving the holy book in the souls and hearts of young memorisers.
Last Saturday’s session was attended by Dr Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, grand mufti of Jerusalem and head imam of Al Aqsa Mosque. Paying tributes to the generous sponsorship of the award by the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he said, “The contest is seeing a stiff competition this year with memorisation and recitation. All young Quran memorisers are eager to participate in this award.”
Mohammed bin Hamid Al Marri, assistant executive director for financial affairs, Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment, said the award is one of the best in the Arab and Islamic world. “It is our duty to boost community activities here, mainly of Dihqa.”
Abdul Razzaq Al Abdallah, CEO – Dubai Islamic Humanitarian Foundation, said the Dubai Islamic Bank, which runs the foundation, is one of the early sponsors of the award. “We are honoured to play this role and provide our integrated services to society.”
“Dihqa, completing its 18 years of glory and honour, has become a milestone in all Qur’an awards across the globe in terms of its diversity, big number of participants and its valuable branches,” he added.]]>