Kasbah (Tunisia): Two Tunisians won the first prize at the 14th International Quran memorisation, recitation and psalmody competition held at the Zitouna mosque with the participation of 23 countries.
While Yahia Ben Adel Ben Ali Abou Hassan of the host country Tunisia won the first prize for Quran Memorisation competition, Ali Ben Salha - again from Tunisia, won the first position in the Quran recitation and Psalmody contest, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported.
The second and third prize for the Quran Memorisation contest went to Anouar Ben Mohamed Ben Ali Ben Slema of Tunisia and Abderrahmane Ahmed Abdallah Chouii of Kuwait.
Iran's Mohamed Ali Yahia Islami and Lebanon's Ahmed Ali Ahmed Taha respectively won the 4th and 5th positions.
In the Quran recitation and Psalmody contest, second prize went to Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Khaldi of Morocco, whereas Mohamed Mansour Saghir of Turkey qualified for the 3rd rank.
Mohamed Ahmed Zahed of Lebanon) and Ridha Karim Kalchahi of Iran won the 4th and 5th positions respectively.
All the winners were awarded their respective prizes at a special ceremony held on Thursday at the Zitouna Mosque under chairmanship of Prime Minister Habib Essid.
Twenty-two contenders from as many countries competed in the whole Quran memorisation event as well as in the reciting contest. The eleven-member jury included six Tunisians, Adviser to the Religious Affairs Minister Abdessattar Badr told TAP.
The competition was opened on May 2 and closed on May 6.