Croatia Hosts First International Competition for Senior Quran Memorizers

The General Secretariat of the International European Competition of the Meshihat of the Islamic Community of Croatia organized its second round of the International Competition for senior Quran memorizers in May this year, marking the anniversary of the Islamic Cultural Center opening in the city of Rijeka.

The competition was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of the State of Qatar and with the participation of contestants from 16 countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kuwait, Morocco, Turkey, France, Sweden, Italy, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Tunisia, Finland, Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Germany.

The judging panel of the competition was chaired by Sheikh Aziz Alili from Croatia, with members including Sheikh Hafiz Osman Shahin from Turkey and Sheikh Mohammad Fahd Kharouf from Syria.

The activities of the competition began with the Quran at the Islamic Cultural Center in Rijeka, followed by the screening of a documentary about the competition in its first round, then a welcoming speech by the General Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center in Rijeka, followed by a speech by the Mufti of Croatia, Dr. Aziz Hasanović, who welcomed the guests, including ambassadors of countries, and the contestants.

After the tests held over two days, the winners were announced during the closing ceremony, where the General Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Competition, Dr. Khalid Yassin, delivered a welcoming speech to the attendees and spoke about the International European Competition for Quran Memorizers for those aged 35, congratulating the top in the competition and considering all participants winners of the blessings of the Quran.

Ahmad Al-Hasnawi from France won first place, while Muhammad Maalan from Sweden came in second place, and Abdul Qadir Mohamed Abdullah from Australia came in third place.



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