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10-yr-old Imran Salim of MP wins first prize at Akkalkuwa Quran contest
12 winners in as many categories also win paid trip to Makkah for Umrah besides cash prizes; 3-day Quran and Hadees memorisation contest in Maharashtra's tribal town ends on peaceful note
Monday March 9, 2015 11:10 PM, Staff Reporter

10-year-old Imran Salim of Madhya Pradesh is among the three first prize winners in the 'Compelet Quran Memorisation and Recitation' category of the All India Quran and Hadees contest held at Jamia Islamiya College of Engineering and Polytechnic, Akkalkuwa from Friday to Sunday.

Akkalkuwa Quran contest

Besides Imran Salim and two others who won the first position, four other contestants were adjudged winners for the second and third positions for the Compelet Quran Memorisation and Recitation contest.

Five contestants each were declared winners for the memorisation and recitation of 20 and 10 chapters of the Holy Quran.

Along with Quran Memorisation and Recitation contest, contestants also participated for Hadees memorisation, Tafseer and Azaan competitions. In all the categories the competitions were so close that more than one students were declared winners in almost every contest.

A total of 94 students from 274 students of 23 Indian states who participated in the three day contest were given the prizes.

Dr. Abdullah Ibn Ali Basfar, famous reciter and imam from the Saudi Arabia who rose to prominence in Jeddah as an Imam and a reciter during the Ramadan Qur'an Recitation nights, handed over the prizes to all the winners.

In his address to the participants and other dignitaries who came from different parts of the country, Dr. Abdullah Basfar acknowledged the contributions and services of Indian Ulemas in the field of Quran and Hadees.

Dr. Basfar recalled how Mohammed Yusuf Seti, an Indian businessman, contributed and donated money for establishment of Quran learning and memorisation centres in Saudi Arabia.

During his speech, Dr. Basfar also gave the example of the Quran learning and memorisation centre in Tajikistan where five-year-old students are given admission who complete memorisation of the entire Quran by the time they reach 10.

Dr. Basfar also extended invitations of the International Quran contest held every Ramadan in Jeddah to the three top winners of the Akkalkuwa Quran contest.

A total of 274 contestants from 23 Indian states had qualified for this unique competition organised after every three years since 1994. A total of 3148 contestants from 1400 Madaris had participated in the qualifying rounds held in 26 states.

On the occasion of this three-day Holy Quran contest, Jamia Islamiya College of Engineering and Polytechnic building was named as 'Wadi-e-Quran', and the entire Jamia Akkalkuwa campus was decorated to fit the event.

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