Iran’s annual International Quran Competition, among other objectives, seeks to promote unity and concord in the Muslim world, an official said.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Speaking at a press conference held here in Tehran Monday on the 37th edition of the competition, Head of the Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization Syed Mehdi Khamoushi said bringing the hearts of Muslims from different countries closer are among the aims of the Quranic event.
The program began with Quran recitation by prominent Qari Vahid Khazaei.
Another objective is honoring the status of the Holy Quran as the book of life and prosperity in the Muslim Ummah and promoting the status of Quran reciters and memorizers, the official added.
Syed Khamoushi further noted that the Islamic Republic is organizing the contest virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said while many other Muslim countries have called off their international Quranic events, Iran chose to go ahead with holding its international Quran competition using the capacities of the cyberspace.
He noted that the second international conference on Quran inscription will also be held concurrent with the competition, and that papers by calligraphy experts from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and France will be presented at the event.
Also speaking at the press conference was Hamid Majidimehr, a deputy of the organization, who said a total of 57 contenders from 26 countries compete in the final round of the contest.
He noted that 411 Quran activists from 67 countries took part in the preliminary round, of whom 122 made it to the semifinals.
Slated for March 6-11, the final round of the 37th edition of Iran’s international Quranic event will be broadcast on the IRIB Quran TV, Quran Radio and on several online platforms.
The motto of thi year’s edition is “One Book, One Ummah”.
The Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization annually organizes the international Quranic event with the participation of Quran activists from various countries.
Qaris and Quran memorizers from over 80 countries took part in the 36th edition, held in Tehran in April 2019.