62 qualify in Holy Quran award session
The Dubai International Holy Quran Award recently concluded its 6th session of the Most Beautiful Recitation Contest, a branch of the 9-category Award.
The annual competition saw the participation of 460 contestants. “Only 62 participants were qualified for the finals,” said Ibrahim Bu Melha, Head of the award organising committee. Bu Melha said the five-category tuneful recitation competition is aimed to discover, sponsor and qualify Quran talents and tuneful voices.
“Participation was open for the public, be they Emiratis or expatriates, provided that they show good performance whether in reciting the Holy Quran or Azan-giving,” Bu Melha, who is also adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said.
Ahmed Sager Al Suwaidi, head of the competitions unit of the award, said Abdurrahman Al Ruwaini topped all contestants in the first category known as ‘Quran Buds’ which was open for only children aging 15 or below. “Abdullah Mahmoud ranked first in the second category, ‘Quran Youngsters’, for participants aged between 15 and 25.
In the third category, ‘Quran Youth’, which was open for participants above 26 years, Sameh Ghazal came first. The other two categories were for Masjids imams and the most tuneful Azan (call for prayer) these were won by Jamal Dakhili and Mustafa Shalabi in turn.Al Suwaidi said the first three winners in the first category were gifted Dh10,000, Dh7,000 and Dh5,000 successively while the best three in the second category were presented with Dh15,000, Dh10,000 and Dh7,000 consecutively.”
As for the third category, winners were given Dh20,000, Dh15,000 and Dh10,000 in turn. The first three imams were awarded Dh30,000, Dh25,000 and Dh20,000.
: Khaleej Times
Tuesday, June 5, 2012