Members from 85 nations in Dubai Quran recitation contest

August 29th, 2008 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 29 (IANS) Contestants from 85 countries will participate in a Quran recitation competition here to mark the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.The 12th edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) starts on the first day of Ramadan, which falls Sep 1 this year.

Ibrahim Bumelha, chairman of the award organising committee, said that Quran memorisers from countries like Switzerland, Uzbekistan, Botswana and Zanzibar are taking part in the event for the first time, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

“Upon their arrival to Dubai, memorisers will be subjected to initial tests to gauge their memorisation ability of the holy book and rules of recitation,” he said.

He added that an elite panel of scholars would deliver lectures tackling a wide-range of Islamic issues.

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