TEHERAN – Amir-Hossein Rahmati, a reciter from Golestan Province, took first place in the 44th edition of Iran’s nationwide Koran competition on Friday.
This position qualifies him to participate in international Quran competitions around the world, organizers said at the closing ceremony of the competition in the Sureh Hall of the Art Bureau in Tehran.
Second place went to Masud Nuri, followed by Hamidreza Nasiri. Fourth and fifth places went to Mohammad-Hassan Movahedi and Mojtaba Mohammadbeigi.
At the ceremony, Hojatoleslam Seyyed Mehdi Khamushi, director of the State Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization, the main organizer of the event said, “The greatness of the Holy Quran continues to flow in our time.”
“From the contributions of the Islamic Revolution, we see that people all over the world today are paying special attention to Islam and understand the message of the Koran,” he added
Noting that elite reciters usually compete in the major Quran competitions, he added, âHowever, our main competition should focus on the usefulness of the Holy Book messages for our lives. Competitions like this should encourage us to embellish our lives with the Holy Quran. ”
“We plan to turn the competition into an event introducing the Quranic paradigm for everyday life,” he added.
The Minister of Culture and Islamic Leadership Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili also attended the ceremony.
He referred to an appeal by the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, about plans to increase the number of Quran memorers in the country to ten million and regretted that we had fallen short of the leaders’ demands.
First prize in memorizing the entire section of the Koran for men went to Sina Tabbakhi. Hossein Khanibigdeli was chosen second, while Ali Gholam-Azad took third place. Alireza Sameri and Mohammad-Rasul Takbiri took fourth and fifth place.
Mohammad-Javad Javari won first prize in the men’s tartile category, while Mohammad-Hossein Haddadzadeh won second prize. Mohammad Pursina, Hossein Azizi and Mojtaba Qadbeigi finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the women’s recitation category, the award for the best female reciter went to Zahar Purtahmasb, followed by Atefeh Naseh. Ghazaleh Soheili took third place and Marzieh Mirzaipur and Nasibeh Karami took fourth and fifth places.
Fahimeh Asgharzadeh, Adeleh Sheikhi, Elnaz Hemmati, Naziheh Jenami and Mansureh Aqahassani were the winners of the Tartil recitation section.
Hajar Mehralian, Roya Fazaeli, Zahra Mohebi, Fatemeh Ebrahimi, and Azam Mohammadi are among the winners of women memorizing the entire passage of the Koran.
Photo: Amir-Hossein Rahmati, the top winner of the 44th edition of the nationwide Quran competition of Iran, recites during the closing ceremony of the event in Tehran on December 24, 2021. (More / Saeidreza Razavi)
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