Dubai – UAE
The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) has opened the door for application in the 20th edition of the Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum Holy Quran Competition.
Deadline for registration in the nationwide Quran competition has been scheduled on January 17, 2019, according to a top official.
H.E Ibrahim Mohamed Bu Melha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs and Chairman of organising committee of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, said the 20-year-old competition is well supported by the prudent leadership.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his wife H.H. Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum Al Maktoum are giving much attention to this competition.”
Application in the eight-branch annual competition is open for Emirati citizens and residents alike, as per the instruction of H.H. Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum Al Maktoum, he added.
“The first branch is open for full Quran memorisers, while the second and third sections are specified for 20 and 10-part memorisers.”
The fourth branch is open for five-part Emirati memorisers, whereas the fifth section is specified for five-part expatriate memorisers below 10 years old, he explained.
“The sixth branch is open for three-part Emiratis below 10 years old, while the seventh section is specified for one-part new Muslim converts, and the eighth branch is open for determined people who are free to memorise any single part of the Quran.”
Indicating, H.E Bu Melha said that male and female Emirati memorisers, of any age, can compete in any branch, except the sixth one which has been specified for 10-year-old participants.
“Residents of not more than 25 years old are eligible for participation in the competition, though,” he said. “They should also be on valid residence visa.” he underlined.
“Gulf citizens can also chip in on condition that they hold valid residence visas in the UAE.”
Quran teachers and those who had earlier participated in any edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award or the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Holy Quran Competition are not eligible for participation in this competition, he noted.
“Those who earlier participated in a branch of this competition can not compete in the same this year and may only compete in another branch.”
H.E Bu Melha pointed out that participants can only chip in one branch at a time. “Nomination for the competition is only accepted through any of the Quran study centres accredited in the country.”
Initial qualifying tests are slated to run on January 26 at all the Quran study centres all over the country, he disclosed. “These mandatory tests shall come to a close on February 02