Tanzania just held one of the biggest Qur’an contests ever

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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