One hundred and eighty-eight contestants from 64 countries are
competing for leading positions at the 32nd King Abdul Aziz
International Qur'an Recitation and Memorization competition
inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh opened the competition
on Sunday and highlighted the role of the Holy Qur'an in unifying
the Islamic Ummah. He called for greater efforts to spread its
message all over the world.
The contests are held in five categories. The ministry has
allocated SR888,000 as cash prizes to winners.
The first-prize winner in the first
category will get SR75,000 while the second and third prizewinners
will get SR72,000 and SR69,000 respectively.
The fourth place finisher will
receive SR66,000 and the contestant finishing fifth SR63,000.
In the second category the first five winners will receive
SR55,000, SR52,000, SR49,000, SR46,000 and SR43,000 respectively.
In the third SR40,000, SR37,000,
SR34,000, SR31,000 and SR28,000.
In the fourth SR25,000, SR22,000,
SR19,000, SR16,000 and SR13,000. Winners of the fifth category
will receive SR10,000, SR8,000, SR6,000, SR5,000 and SR4,000.