After winning several prizes in Bahrain’s International Holy Quran Recitation Competition, Moroccan reciters again dominated the “Inking of the Holy Quran and its Sciences 2022” competition in the United Arab Emirates.
In the category open to men of all nationalities, three Moroccans won the first three places, with Abdelbaset Warach placing first, Monjid Hamza second and Elias Kroum third.
Regarding the women’s competition, Morocco dominated, with first and second place awarded respectively to Khadija Ojbar and Zainab Lachhab. Indonesian Elvi Zakia Dharamanita came third.
This year, the UAE Holy Quran Recital Competition attracted 6,816 participants from 79 different countries around the world.
Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, oversaw the award ceremony, which took place remotely.
These incredible results come just days after Moroccan reciter Youness Mustafa Gharbi, a young blind man, won the “Parfum of the Word” prize for reading the Holy Quran, in a competition organized by Saudi Arabia.
Gharbi beat more than 40,000 other reciters from 80 nations and won 5 million Saudi riyals, the equivalent of 13.3 million dirhams ($1.3 million).
Moroccan reciters also reached the top positions in the third session of Bahrain’s international competition for the recitation of the Holy Quran via the Internet (Global Reciter), which ended last night in Manama.
At a ceremony organized by the Bahraini Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Moroccan reciter Elias Al-Mahawi was awarded second place in the “Al-Mujawid Reciter” branch competition, just behind the Bahraini reciter Ali Salah Ali Omar who won the first prize.
In the category “branch of small reciters”, the Moroccan reader Oussama Omar Bouzahir won first place, followed by his compatriots Abdel-Rahman Wrach, Abdeljalil Bouska and Mohamed Salem Andour, respectively second, third and fourth.