Final round of 40th international Qur’an competition takes place in Madinah  

Final round of 40th international Qur’an competition takes place in Madinah  
Updated 06 October 2018

Final round of 40th international Qur’an competition takes place in Madinah  

Final round of 40th international Qur’an competition takes place in Madinah  

JEDDAH: The final round of the King Abdulaziz international competition for memorizing, reciting, and interpreting the Qur’an got underway on Saturday.

Judges listened to 10 finalists during the morning session and 13 during the evening session. The award ceremony of the competition will take place on Wednesday.  

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs said the competition reflects the great values of Islam, and that it is based on the principles of justice, transparency, and professionalism.

The ministry added that the competition aspires to achieve the Saudi leadership’s vision of motivating Muslims to adhere to the teachings of the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed.

The final round took place in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, as opposed to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, where the competition has been held for the last 39 years.   

Some 115 contestants from 82 different countries participated in the competition this year. 


Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Updated 03 December 2020

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), in collaboration with the European Council of Religious Leaders, organized a virtual dialogue seminar under the theme “The Contributions of Religious Leaders in Tackling Violent Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe: Fight and Response.”
The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria. 
KAICIID’s secretary-general, Faisal bin Muaammar, said that terrorists’ behavior stemmed from a false and misleading understanding of their religion. “They chose the language of violence, leaving behind all peaceful alternatives,” he said.

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The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria.

Bin Muaammar highighted the effects social media platforms have in fueling violence and hatred after similar attacks in recent years.
“The responses and counter-responses from followers of religions and cultures in Europe and the world at large fuel controversy, hate speech and crimes according to research and studies adopted in this regard,” he said.
“The abuse of religion on one hand, and the targeting of societal components, religion, race and culture, on the other hand, have become an exciting feature of some societies. Last week, there was an attack on a rabbi on a street in Vienna because of his apparent religious identity only. Behind every story like this, there may be hundreds of similar stories out of the spotlight,” he added.
Participants addressed several themes, including the effectiveness of dialogue, and strengthening partnerships between religious leaders and policymakers to prevent extremism and potential violence.
Bin Muammar said that the virtual seminar reflects the center’s attempt to “provide space for reflection, confidence and participation.”