As many as 34 contestants have so far sat for the final examinations of the international Quran competition - the main branch of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), which started at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the night of June 24.
The seven contestants examined on Sunday night included Wedou Ahmed Aghrabatt – Mauritania, Mousa M. A. Madfaa – Palestine, Muhammed Sheik - South Africa, Ammar Hasan Alalawi – Bahrain, Mohamed Abdul Cader Mohamed - Sri Lanka, Amisse Atibo - Mozambique, and Ibrahim Iyi Djobo - Togo.
Seven more memorisers are to appear on the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry stage on Monday night, June 29. Those are Mohammad Jakareya – Bangladesh, Abd-Almageed Mugahed – Yemen, Azam Iqbal – UK, Abdul-Latif Yakub – Ghana, Hasan Samoh – Thailand, Than Soe – Myanmar, and Abasi Ahmed Ali – Tanzania.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, Head of the Award Organising Committee and Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, honoured the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable Humanitarian Foundation (MRMCHF), Dubai Festival and Retail Establishment, Dubai Health Authority, and Gargash Enterprises for jointly sponsoring the third day of the international Quran competition.
Saleh Zaher, General Manager at MRMCHF, said it is part of his Foundation's social responsibility to co-sponsor the Award to give a boost to teaching the Quran and supporting memorisers and study centres. "The multi-branch Award has become a leading milestone with its diverse categories."
The Award, seeing over 80 competitors from across the globe every year, has added more value to the event that falls on the blessed days of the holy month of Ramadan, he added.
"Sponsoring young memorisers is also part of our cultural stance and effective partnership with government entities to develop charity work and encourage memorisation and recitation of the Quran as advised by Almighty Allah."
As for the cultural programme, foreign communities still have a priceless opportunity to enjoy four lectures in Malayalam and Tamil at the Indian Academic School, Muhaisanah 3 – June 29-July 04.
The 22-lecture programme, June 18 - July 04, is part of the 19th edition of the Award, where thousands of Muslims from across the country flock to enjoy the spiritually uplifting lectures and recitation.
Shaikh Mohamed Tamim Alzoubi, Head of the Award Arbitration Committee, said all the memorisers who sat for final examination on Saturday night were excellent and their recitation was beautiful.