Saudi Arabia’s religious affairs minister on Sunday (27 May) presided over the closing ceremony of a grand Qur’an competition in Tanzania.
Alongside Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs witnessed the closing ceremony of the 19th edition of the Grand Competition of the Holy Quran in the east African country.
The Saudi minister conveyed a message of congratulations to both winners and participants from King Salman.
The competition, held at a packed stadium in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, has been described as the biggest Qur’an reciting competition in history.
Last year, a 12-year-old boy from Somalia, Mohammed Abdullahi Aden, won the competition, taking home $7,000.
The annual contest has inspired thousands of young reciters from across east Africa and around the world to take up memorisation of the holy book.
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